Report: Luke Thomas leaves Derby training for West Ham talks

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Watford at London Stadium on February 10, 2018 in London, England.

West Ham United have reportedly been given permission to discuss a move for Derby County starlet Luke Thomas.

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between West Ham United and Watford at London Stadium on February 10, 2018 in London, England.

According to a report from Gloucestershire Live, West Ham have been given permission to hold talks with Luke Thomas over a potential move to the London Stadium and the midfielder has now left Derby County's pre-season training camp ahead of the discussions.

Thomas is arguably one of the most exciting talents in the Rams' ranks right now, making two substitute appearances in the Championship last season. 

Frank Lampard reporttd for BT Sport during The Emirates FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England.

His inclusion in Frank Lampard's squad for their pre-season training camp in Tenerife hinted that the new Derby boss had hoped to consider handing the 19-year-old more chances next term. However, it appears that he may be on the move before the new campaign begins.

According to Gloucestershire Live, the former Cheltenham Town trainee has been given permission to discuss a move to the Hammers and has now left Tenerife prematurely ahead of talks with the Premier League side.

Manuel Pellegrini the manager of Manchester City looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at Etihad Stadium on December 26, 2013 in...

Should the expected talks progress well, then Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping to make Thomas his fifth signing of the summer, with Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski all bolstering the first-team squad, while Sebastian Nebyla has also arrived to be a part of the youth ranks.

Thomas may not be ready to move into Pellegrini's plans just yet if he does sign, but it would be little surprise if many of the Pride Park faithful felt that it would be a major blow to lose the teenager this summer, and that hints that West Ham may have another very talented youngsters in their ranks. 

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