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Pellegrini poised to land first signing

Filed: Wednesday, 23rd May 2018
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are close to completing a deal for Derby County youngster Luke Thomas.

Thomas, 19, was named as the Rams' Young Player of the Year last season but is set to complete a move to West Ham two years after joining the Championship club from Cheltenham Town.

Thomas receives his Young Player of the Year trophy [Photo by MB Media/Getty Images]

Having made his first team debut in a 2-0 win over Queens Park Rangers last November, Thomas went on to feature on one further occasion for County in the Championship - in a 3-0 win over Bolton last month.

West Ham are understood to have had an offer in the region of 1.2million for the forward accepted by Derby, of which approximately 180,000 would go to the Robins due to a contractual clause entitling them to 15 per cent of any fee.

Derby have deicded to cash in on Thomas having failed to reach the Championship play-off final; despite beating Fulham 1-0 in the first leg of the semi-final, Fulham's 2-1 win in the return fixture saw the Cottagers proceed to Wembley at County's expense.

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