Crystal Palace are set to sign non-league defender Jacob Mensah, beating the likes of Wolves, Brighton and Cardiff to his signature.
Football Insider report that it was Palace and Wolves leading the way to sign the player after impressing lower down the football pyramid.
Mensah is currently on the books with Ramsgate in the Isthmian League South East Division but could now link up with the Premier League side.
He has already spent time with Brighton on trial earlier this year, but the report claims that it’s Palace who have made the offer to snap him up.
Palace have also taken the opportunity to get a close-up view of Mensah in action by giving a trial, with an 18-month deal being mooted.
The 18-year-old is expected to slot straight into Palace’s U23s before pushing for a first-team spot at Selhurst Park in the near future.
The best Premier League players to come through non-league football
Vardy is the most obvious name that springs to mind, given his rise to the top with Leicester City in recent years.
Chris Smalling came through the ranks at Maidstone before joining Fulham. He’s been a mainstay at Manchester United ever since leaving the Whites.
Michail Antonio first made a name for himself at Tooting and Mitcham United before joining Reading.
Troy Deeney was forced to make it to the Premier League the hard way with stints at a number of non-league clubs.
Kettering Town and Tamworth were among the teams that Callum Wilson had spells at earlier in his career.
Ings enjoyed a stint at Dorchester Town in what was then the Conference South.