Derby County are set to win the race to sign highly-rated Cheltenham Town youngster Luke Thomas, sources have told TEAMtalk.com.
Thomas has attracted the interest of a number of top clubs after catching the eye at National League side Cheltenham and the youngster had a trial at Portuguese giants Benfica in the summer.
Thomas has made the bench for Cheltenham on several occasions this season, but is yet to make his first-team debut.
The 16-year-old, however, has impressed for the club’s Under-18s scoring 17 goals and scouts from Premier League and Championship clubs have been flocking to Cheltenham to cast an eye over him.
The likes of Southampton and Tottenham have been credited with an interest in Thomas, but Derby are determined to lure the teenager to the iPro Stadium.
Derby saw a bid rejected for Thomas last month, but the Championship hopefuls are expected to come back with an improved offer as they look to tempt Cheltenham to cash-in on their prize asset.