West Bromwich Albion warned other clubs could come in for trialist Myles Phipps

West Brom manager Tony Pulis before the match

West Bromwich Albion are taking a closer look at the 18-year-old attacker.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony PulisWest Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis

West Bromwich Albion have been warned that other clubs could come in for trialist Myles Phipps.

Phipps, who plays for Birmingham based non league outfit Paget Rangers, has begun a week long audition with the Premier League side.

However, according to manager Jason Lanns, the Baggies are not the only ones keen.

"Going to Albion on trial is a great experience for Myles," Lanns told the Sutton Coldfield Observer. "It is a chance for him to showcase his talent. He has real ability and, for me, it is about Myles believing in himself. Hopefully this experience will give him that chance.

"He has the physique and pace. He has everything clubs are looking for in a modern-day footballer.

"There is interest in him from a few clubs. West Brom have moved first and once one team shows their hand, you find others follow."

Nevertheless, West Brom are in the driving seat to sign the 18 year old, according to Lanns.

"If everything worked out well for him this week, you would imagine he would end up there," he added.

The non league market has been increasingly explored by top flight clubs over the past few seasons, with England internationals Jamie Vardy and Chris Smalling among the more high profile names to have learned their trade there.

Leicester City v Swansea City - Premier LeagueLeicester City's Jamie Vardy

Only last month, Arsenal signed another Midlands based youngster, Cohen Bramall, from Hednesford Town, having spotted him while playing for Sheffield Wednesday on trial.

And West Brom, who are said to have tracked Phipps for some time, will no doubt be keen to avoid a similar situation occurring.

Should teams like West Bromwich Albion give more opportunities to young non league talents such as Phipps?

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