West Ham United interested in former Cheltenham Town midfielder

West Ham United are said to be interested in Derby County youngster Luke Thomas.

The 19-year-old midfielder has been in fine form for Derby County’s Reserve and Under-23 sides this season, form that earned the starlet a call up to the first-team.

So far, Thomas has featured in Championship games against Queens Park Rangers and Bolton Wanderers as a substitute.

Forest-of-Dean born Thomas joined The Rams from Cheltenham Town in January 2016 after impressing for the Robins’ reserve team

He made his first-team debut in an FA Trophy fixture at home to Chelmsford City before leaving for Pride Park.

In the 2016/17 season Thomas had a brief loan spell with National League North club Gloucester City alongside his older brother and Tigers captain Kieran. Luke scored once and made a handful of assists in 15 appearances under Tim Harris.

Upon his return to Derby County, manager Gary Rowett offered Thomas a new three-year deal with the club, which he signed in October 2017.

Now a well known hot prospect, West Ham are said to be among a number of Premier League clubs potentially vying for the youngster’s signature. Southampton, who Thomas turned down in favour for a move to Derby, have also been linked with the player along with Bournemouth, Huddersfield and West Bromwich Albion.

Cheltenham Town received a tidy sum of £25,000 when Thomas made his first senior appearance for Derby County and if the teenager does make a move to the top flight, The Robins are likely to benefit financially once again.

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