According to a report in The Sun, Brighton & Hove Albion have won the race to sign highly-rated Dagenham and Redbridge striker Jodi Jones.
The 18-year-old has risen to prominence in League Two after breaking into the Dagenham first-team this season and putting in a number of dazzling performances.
He is a midfield player capable of playing through the middle or out wide and has a number of key attributes, including his pace, neat footwork and intelligence off the ball.
As contained within the The Sun report, Jones is said to have attracted up to 40 different clubs this season, but it appears Brighton have won the race, beating MK Dons to his signature in a mooted January deal.
“Whizkid Jodi Jones is set to join Brighton in January. Chris Hughton's side appear to have won the race for Jones' services, beating off strong competition from MK Dons,” the report states.
Jones would be a good addition for Brighton, though his relative inexperience would suggest that the Seagulls are looking more at his potential rather than to make an immediate impact.
Chris Hughton’s side have been excellent so far this season, remaining the only unbeaten club in England’s top four tiers, with a run stretching back to last season.
With the club well-positioned in the Championship, promotion is very much a realistic target this season, though many have suggested a boost in firepower will be needed to challenge for the top two.
While Jones may not be quite ready to feature regularly at the Amex, having an extra body for competition is always healthy and he could prove to be quite an unpredictable outlet.