Luke Thomas could be on cusp of Derby breakthrough, just weeks after West Ham talks claim

A general view of Pride Park Stadium on July 27, 2013 in Derby, England.

The Derby County winger had been strongly linked with a move to West Ham United.

A general view of Pride Park Stadium on July 27, 2013 in Derby, England.

Luke Thomas could be on the cusp of a breakthrough at Derby County, just weeks after reports the winger had left the Rams' pre-season training camp to hold talks with West Ham United.

The claim, which was made by Gloucestershire Live following months of speculation linking Thomas to the Hammers, was later refuted by the newspaper's Derbyshire counterparts.

Meanwhile, West Ham have been busy strengthening their options out wide, with Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson arriving and set to arrive respectively, in deals reportedly worth around £70 million combined.

That should increase the likelihood of Thomas remaining at Derby, whose desire to keep the 19-year-old should also increase after Saturday's 4-1 friendly win against Notts County.

General view of Meadow Lane before the Checkatrade Trophy group match lbetween Notts County and Hartlepool on August 31, 2016 in Nottingham, England.

Thomas was heavily involved at Meadow Lane, scoring twice in 45-minute cameo for the side now managed by the former West Ham midfielder Frank Lampard.

And on that evidence, the Gloucestershire native can expect to add to his two competitive appearances when the new campaign begins.

With Derby, not West Ham.

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