West Ham are reportedly in talks to sign highly rated youngster Mipo Odubeko.
The 16-year-old recently left Manchester United, apparently believing that he would have more chance of playing first-team football elsewhere.
It is claimed that several other clubs, including Bayern Munich, Juventus and Feyenoord, are interested in signing the Republic of Ireland Under-17 international.
He has seemingly decided to say in England and West Ham appear to be in pole position to snap him up.
United would be entitled to a fee for him because of his age and the fact that he is their academy product.
It means West Ham would have to agree a deal with United or a compensation fee would be set by a tribunal if the two clubs cannot reach an agreement.
West Ham are said to have told him he will train with the first team if he agrees to join them, with Odubeko reportedly determined not to sign a contract at United despite their apparent efforts to keep him.