Stoke City are preparing to table a contract offer for their prized asset Emre Tezgel, as per a fresh report by Stoke-on-Trent Live.

The 16-year-old forward is amongst some of the hottest properties at the youth level in England right now and is widely considered as one of the brightest talents to come out of the Potters’ academy in recent years.

He was promoted to play for the U18s last term and has since repaid the faith shown in him by the club, scoring a stunning eight goals in seven matches during the current season to date.

And his fine form has not gone unnoticed, with Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea said to be among a host of admirers who are keen on securing his signature.

However, Stoke are now believed to be preparing to offer him a professional contract in November, with boss Michael O’Neill stating the following recently:

“Clearly we want the boy to stay at Stoke. We’ve had him training with the first team on a number of occasions when the opportunity has allowed. I think he’s enjoyed that and hopefully he sees Stoke as the right option for him.

“This is the nature of footballers at this age. They are very coveted and the recruitment process from the big Premier League clubs starts at a very young age.

“But we have to let Emre see that the pathway to the next phase of his career, wherever that may take him, is best served at Stoke. I certainly believe that’s what is best for the boy and I think his family do too.”