HITC Sport understands Southampton are set to sign Bury youngster.
St Mary's Southampton
Southampton are poised to sign Bury youngster Will Ferry, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.
Ferry is highly-regarded at Bury having progressed through the ranks at Gigg Lane after joining the club at the age of seven.
The skilful midfielder has yet to make his first-team debut for Bury, but he trained with the team on a regular basis last season.
The 16-year-old development for Bury's academy has brought him to the attention of a number of Premier League clubs with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool all inviting him on trial.
Bury manager Lee Clark
Bury have earned a reputation for developing some of the best young talent in the country after selling the likes of Emeka Obi to Liverpool, Matthew Foulds to Everton and Jacob Bedeau to Aston Villa in recent seasons.
Bury have been bracing themselves for offers for Ferry and Southampton have stolen a march on their Premier League rivals by setting up a deal for the teenager.
Ferry is due to undergo a medical at Southampton on Friday after the two clubs agreed a fee for his services.
Ferry will join Southampton's academy set-up as they look to find and develop some of the best young talents in the lower leagues.