HITC Sport understands Fulham are set to win race for in-demand Tranmere starlet.
Hilton is highly-regarded at Tranmere and his performances for the youth sides have alerted clubs higher up the football pyramid.
The attacking midfielder is a regular for England schoolboys and scouts from a host of clubs have been keeping tabs on the teenager's development.
The likes of Premier League trio Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Sunderland have all shown an interest in Hilton, but Fulham have moved quickly as they look to bring the player to Craven Cottage.
Fulham are keen to try to improve their academy set-up and they see Hilton as someone who can progress through the ranks and become a regular in the first-team in the near future.
Fulham boast one of the best academies in the country having won the under-18 Premier League on three occasions in recent years and Hilton sees the club as the best option for his development.
Tranmere are reluctant to lose such a talented youngster as Hilton, but accept that the player will want to play at as high a level as possible.