Boreham Wood midfielder Pelly Ruddock has been invited by West Ham to have a trial with the club.
The 17-year-old has impressed in the Blue Square Bet South with a number of cultured displays, and has also attracted the attention of Queens Park Rangers and Watford.
But Sam Allardyce has made the first move for Ruddock, who is expected to join up with the Hammers in the coming days.
"Pelly's been with us for three seasons now and he improves each year," Boreham chairman Danny Hunter told the club's official website.
"However nobody should get too carried away with these recent developments.
"Although at only 17 years of age he's powerful, athletic, hungry and does appear to be coping well at Conference South level, which suggests he's got a sniff if somebody wants to take a chance."
West Ham, meanwhile, are also said to be pursuing Macclesfield starlet Elliot Hewitt, and will reportedly make an attempt to bring him to Upton Park in January.
Along with the Hammers, Leeds and Arsenal are reportedly to be interested in the teenage defender.