Derby County fans should be excited by links to Manchester City striker Lukas Nmecha

Gary Rowett manager of Derby County looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Burton Albion at iPro Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Derby, England.

Everton want to take advantage of Lukas Nmecha's precarious contract situation at Man City - but Derby are waiting in the wings

Lukas Nmecha of England celebrates scoring a goal during the UEFA European Under-19 Championship Final between England and Portugal on July 15, 2017 in Gori, Georgia.

Derby County are obviously feeling confident right now. Gary Rowett’s Rams are sitting pretty in sixth place and an impressive run of form could act as a precursor to one of the most ambitious transfer attempts of the season so far.

There is a very real chance that Lukas Nmecha could leave Manchester City when his contract expires at the end of this season. And The Sun claims that Derby are genuinely attempting to lure one of the most exciting young talents in English football to Pride Park.

Krystian Bielik of Arsenal battles with Lukas Nmecha of Man City during the FA Youth Cup semi-final second leg match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on April 4,...

18-year-old Nmecha is a huge talent, one of the jewels in City’s vaunted, £200 million academy. He has eight goals in six Premier League 2 games for the Under-23s this season and hit the winner for England at the Under-19 European Championships this summer.

Manager Pep Guardiola, who has a history when it comes to identifying young talent, clearly rates Nmecha highly – including him on the bench for City’s EFL Cup clash with Wolves in October.

Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City gives his team instructions during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Feyenoord and Manchester City at Feijenoord Stadion on...

So it’s fair to say Derby would be pulling off one hell of a coup if they managed to lure the teen sensation to the East Midlands.

They are up against it of course with a number of top flight clubs likely to be following developments closely. Everton are hoping to bring the striker, born to German and Nigerian parents, to Goodison Park as early as next month.

But with Derby’s supporters growing frustrated about the club’s underwhelming recruitment in recent seasons and raft of underperforming, big-money signings, a bargain swoop for the prodigious Nmecha would give them something to shout about for all the right reasons.

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