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.
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.
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.