Sky Sports understands that Derby County are leading the chase to land Northampton Town starlet Michael Jacobs.
The highly-rated 20-year-old midfielder is out of contract at Sixfields this summer, and looks set to shun Northampton's offer of a new deal.
Because he is under 23 Jacobs would still cost money - but that is not deterring a substantial amount of interest.
Blackpool failed with a bid to sign him in January whilst the likes of Peterborough, Ipswich Town, Watford and Charlton are also thought to be keen.
However, Sky Sports understands that Derby are leading the chase and favourites to land his coveted signature.