​West Bromwich Albion youngster Louie Barry has left the Midlands to join La Masia, the famous academy of Spanish giants Barcelona.

The 16-year-old was offered a new contract at the Hawthorns but rejected the Baggies' offer in favour of a switch to Catalonia. He has penned a three-year deal with La Blaugrana after starring for the Republic of Ireland Under-16s, for whom he netted a brace last September against Bulgaria.

Though Barry is yet to make a first-team appearance for ​West Brom, his signature was being chased by a number of elite clubs across the continent, who were impressed by his stellar form on the international stage.

However, ​Barça held off attempts from rivals to land the forward, tempting him to Spain with the promise of a place in their youth setup, where Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta - amongst many others - began their footballing careers.

Despite his strong showings for the Irish, Barry changed allegiances midway through the 2018/19 campaign, instead choosing to play for his country of birth, England.

He has since taken part in the Under-16 Victory Shield, looking particularity impressing for the Three Lions in a heavyweight clash with Brazil.

Lionel Messi,Andres Iniesta

He may not be the only West Brom academy graduate to depart the club this summer, though, with 19-year-old Rekeem Harper also refusing to put pen to paper on a new contract as ​Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur look to lure midfielder away.