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Rochdale Among Clubs to Make Harper Enquiry
Monday, 31st Jan 2022 11:54

TWTD understands League Two Rochdale are among a number of clubs to have made loan enquiries to the Blues regarding midfielder Rekeem Harper with League One sides also having made contact with Town about the 21-year-old.

Harper moved to Portman Road from West Brom in the summer and started the season in the starting XI but hasn’t made a senior appearance since the Papa John’s Trophy defeat to Arsenal’s U21s at the start of December, although he was on the bench at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Town boss Kieran McKenna said on Friday that there were loan options on the table for both Harper and Idris El Mizouni.

We understand Rochdale are among a number of clubs to have approached Town regarding Harper with League One sides also keen.

El Mizouni is now not expected to move out on loan before tonight’s 11pm deadline having made his first appearance under McKenna at Hillsborough at the weekend with the new Blues boss having been impressed with the Tunisia international's display.

Meanwhile, Scott Fraser's move to Charlton Athletic is nearing its completion.

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Linkboy13 added 11:56 - Jan 31
I think he's one of many players who will be moving on before next season.

itfcserbia added 12:01 - Jan 31
Harper to League 2 Rochdale? That would be very disappointing. I'm sorry but El Mizouni was completely out of depth against Sheffield and would much rather like to see Harper stay and get a chance out of those two.

PositivelyPortman added 12:03 - Jan 31
I reckon that it’d be a major mistake to let Harper leave. He’s still developing and could be a really top player. If he’s off on loan somewhere, I’m cool with that.

MaySixth added 12:09 - Jan 31
Needs games.

blues1 added 12:23 - Jan 31
Itfcserbia. Can only assume u either weren't at Sheffield or u were drunk. El mizouni played well. Was far from out of his depth.

Bazza8564 added 12:28 - Jan 31
Im with Positively Portman, I see something in this lad that's worth investing in. We didnt pay a fee for him, he wont be on huge wages, I believe in 2 years we will see a strength and maturity in him, even if he isnt first choice every week. We are always going to need quality in depth

Cakeman added 12:36 - Jan 31
He needs game time somewhere as does Pigott, Burgess and Edwards to name just a few. Unfortunately Paul Cook’s massive rebuild in the Summer was built on high quantity of similar standard players many of which are vying for the same or similar positions.
I would imagine there will be yet another mini rebuild this Summer too.
I’ve never seen anything quite like it at any other football club!

budgieplucker added 13:00 - Jan 31
I am not sure Bakinson is any better than this lad so I was hoping the McKenna could do some magic and give the boy some new confidence and fit in a role that suits him. But looks like Bakinson will now be the favoured back up to Morsy and Evans.

Radlett_blue added 13:05 - Jan 31
Harper's career isn't going as he would have hoped, is it? From playing for WBA in the Premier League to being loaned to Rochdale. Not sure what's gone wrong, but he seems well out of favour at Town. A signing I was quite excited about at the time, but it seemed McKenna couldn't have rated him or he wouldn't have signed Bakinson.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 13:11 - Jan 31
Harper and El Miz are not leaving, at least not yet. I assume the thinking is that a loan in each case will give them time to develop and then we see where we are with these two players. After all, the boss has been pretty complimentary about both of them, so I think they both have a chance in the future to establish a place in the squad.

markchips added 13:33 - Jan 31
Makes sense to get the lad some games.

Now we have sold Fraser and released Nolan I wonder if we will bid for another tough tacking player to bolster the midfield in the absence of Morsy and/or Evans ?

I make it there is room for one more over 25 in the squad.

Ipswichbusiness added 13:56 - Jan 31
I’ve seen Bakinson play a couple of times. He looks like a tidy, promising young player who, if he works hard, will have a decent career ahead of him.

However, I cannot see what he brings to the party that Harper, El Miz and Humphreys don’t have. Particularly with Nolan and Fraser leaving, I would have thought it makes room for the likes of Harper, at least until the end of the season.

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