West Ham are leading the race to sign Coleraine teenager Patrick Kelly, according to BBC Sport.
The outlet claims that the 17-year-old is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs after making his first-team breakthrough in Northern Ireland.
The Irons are said to have sent scouts to watch Kelly but there is interest from other clubs in England, in both the top-flight and the Championship.
Kelly is already a Northern Ireland U19 international and he plays primarily as a central midfielder, although he is also capable of playing on the left wing and up front.
Thus far, he has made 29 senior appearances for Coleraine and has scored a goal for the first-team, while also laying on four assists.
It isn’t clear how much Kelly would cost but it appears likely that it would be a negligible fee, as Coleraine are a semi-professional outfit in a financially deprived league.
It remains to be seen if the Hammers can beat their rivals to the punch.