Fulham fear that their promising defender Elliot Omozusi will be poached by one of the Premier League’s big boys.

The teenager has forged a reputation as one of the most adventurous full backs in English youth football and Arsenal, Chelsea, West Ham United and Tottenham have sent scouts to Motspur Park to monitor his progress. Fulham are hoping to tie him down to a professional contract before the end of the season in a bid to ward off a growing list of suitors.

That’s all I think about these days,” says Omozusi, “playing at the highest level.”

For now, the youngster is encouraged by the presence of Steve Kean and Chris Coleman, who both had spells coaching Fulham’s academy sides, in charge of the first team.

“They have a good relationship with the young players. I talk a lot to Steve Kean and he seems very encouraged, asking about me. At Fulham we’re all close with the other players as everyone is under one roof. Often they don’t have to tell you what to do, they lead by example and act as role models. It’s a friendly environment. Hard, determined but not uptight.”