Manchester City winger Patrick Roberts is a summer target for West Ham United, according to The Sun.
The youngster, who is currently out on loan with Scottish champions Celtic, is also said to be attracting admiring glances from fellow Premier League outfit Leicester City.
Roberts would reportedly command at least a £15 million fee, just two-and-a-half years after he made the switch to the Citizens from Fulham.
Leicester’s interest adds another intriguing dynamic; they are said to have refused to allow striker Islam Slimani to join the Hammers in January following a breakdown in relations between the hierarchy’s of the two clubs.
Now, they look set to go head-to-head in the off-season in pursuit of Roberts.
The Englishman signed for Celtic on an 18-month loan deal midway through the 2015-16 campaign and hit the ground running at Parkhead, with six goals and two assists in his 13 appearances that term.
During 2016-17 Roberts became an instrumental part of manager Brendan Rodgers’ side, scoring 11 times himself and laying on a further 19 for his team-mates in 47 outings as the Hoops went unbeaten domestically to claim a historic treble.
A hamstring injury has disrupted his progress this time around and his only goal so far this season came in a 3-0 Champions League win over Anderlecht in September.
West Ham boss David Moyes outlined his desire to improve his options on the right wing in January but was ultimately unable to bring anyone in.
Roberts has established himself as a skilful footballer with an eye for goal during his time north of the border and at just 21 he has the best years of his career firmly ahead of him.
Whilst the fee could end up being greater than £15 million, the England under-20 international has great resale potential and money should not be considered an obstacle to getting this deal over the line.