Merseyside duo Everton and Liverpool are both busy plotting raids on the MK Dons talent academy with prized pair Brendan Galloway and Delle Alli the subject of their missions.
The Toffees – 13/2 to finish in the top-four this season – are hoping to seal a deal for sought-after 18-year-old Galloway, who has asked to leave the League One outfit amid ramped up Premier League interest.
Roberto Martinez appears to be at the head of the queue for the ball-playing defender, who can also operate in a holding-midfield capacity and he’ll be hoping that the England under-19 man can follow in the footsteps of John Stones, another Football League recruit to have prospered at Goodison Park.
Attacking-midfielder Alli is another to sign his first professional papers at the Stadium: MK whom the Premier League sharks are circling.
Despite being just 18, he established himself in the Bedfordshire club’s first-team last term, making 37 appearances and registering seven goals.
The duo, however, are just two of the jewels to have rose through the ranks at the club the purists acknowledge as the original Wimbledon, here are a few more who could be in for big moves in the future:
Younger brother of Bristol City striker Sam, the versatile central midfielder can operate equally well on the wing or at full-back.
He made 38 third-tier appearances last season and, although the path to the Premier League his elder sibling traversed may be a bit too treacherous for him to navigate, a future at a higher level is almost certainly in store.
Esteemed manager Karl Robinson handed the attacking-midfielder his first-team bow aged just 15 and has gone on to represent England at under-16 level.
He featured seven times in League One last season, though only ended one game on the winning side.
Regarded as the brightest talent yet to break into the Dons’ first-team, versatile Hickford can play anywhere in defence of midfield.
He recently endured a largely frustrating spell on loan at non-league Chelmsford City, but it’s likely that 2014/15 will herald some League One action for the 17-year-old.