Arsenal look set to win a war with Manchester United for Sunderland youngster Logan Pye.
United (opens in new tab) have been keeping tabs on the 15-year-old defender for several months, but the Gunners are now in pole position to land him.
Pye cannot move before his 16th birthday in October, meaning Unai Emery's side will have to wait until the January transfer window to complete the deal.
But the north London club are now confident of winning the fight for his signature.
Pye is an England Under-16 international who can play at full-back or centre-half.
Arsenal (opens in new tab) believe the teenage prospect is one for the future, although he is unlikely to make his first-team debut any time soon.
Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access
Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription
Join now for unlimited access
Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1
Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).