Derby County are set to do their first bit of business in the transfer window as young midfielder is on the verge of joining Championship rivals, Barnsley

Cheltenham Town youth product Luke Thomas is on the verge of leaving Derby County to sign a long term contract with Barnsley.

The Tykes, who won promotion to the Championship last season, are expected to pay £1.2million for the 20-year-old’s signature.

Bristol City were also interested in attacking midfielder Thomas, who is from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, but he is on his way to South Yorkshire and will undergo a medical early next week.

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Thomas joined the Rams from Cheltenham in January 2016 after one substitute appearance for the Robins in the FA Trophy against Chelmsford City.

He impressed during a loan spell at Coventry City during the 2018/19 campaign, featuring in 43 of their 46 League One fixtures (more than any other Sky Blues player) and scoring four goals.

He signed a new four-year contract with parent club Derby in August 2018.

Cheltenham will receive 15 per cent of the fee Derby receive for Thomas, who was attracting interest from West Ham United before signing his new contract with Derby.

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The Robins would have netted £50,000 as part of the original deal if the Rams had won promotion to the Premier League this season, but they lost out to Aston Villa in the play-off final and that clause has now expired.

He has made two substitute appearances for Derby in the Championship, at home to QPR and Bolton Wanderers, both during the 2017/18 season.

Thomas’ elder brother Keiran is on the books of Hereford FC. He spent time on trial at Derby in April 2017 and featured in a reserve match.

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