Brentford are looking to beat London rivals Crystal Palace to the signing of Southend United midfielder Dru Yearwood, we can reveal.
The 18-year-old starlet has impressed hugely with The Shrimpers but now they look ready to lose their star turn in January.
Palace have been tracking him for months, but now Brentford are looking to pip them to his signature by securing a deal.
Eagles boss Roy Hodgson is looking to bring in young talent from the Football League and Yearwood is considered to be one of the brightest prospects in the EFL.
The young midfielder has been at Southend since the age of 11 and made his first-team debut for the club in August 2017. He has gone to make 29 league appearances.