Sheffield United beat Middlesbrough in race to sign Hartlepool United forward Nathan Thomas

Nathan Thomas (centre) seems to be on the move - and fast
Nathan Thomas (centre) seems to be on the move - and fast

Hartlepool United forward Nathan Thomas is to undergo a medical at Sheffield United tomorrow morning, Sky Sports are reporting.

It is understood a £300,000 fee has been agreed between the Blades and Pools.

The 22-year-old has agreed personal terms with the Championship club, having, it seems, turned down an opportunity to join hometown club Middlesbrough.

It is believed Boro offered a similar transfer figure but Thomas picked Chris Wilder's side because he felt he would have a greater chance of first-team football.

The skilful left-footer netted nine times in an injury-interrupted season at relegated Pools.

At one stage it seemed inevitable Thomas would depart in the January transfer window after starting the season like a house on fire.

A fee somewhere near £1 million looked within reach for Pools for a player who Ronnie Moore had snapped up as a bargain buy from Mansfield Town in the early hours of the January 2016 transfer window.

Thomas was in brilliant form, winning the 2-1 victory at Yeovil almost single-handedly and scoring a 'worldy' in the 3-0 romp at Grimsby.

However, it all went awry when he suffered a groin injury at Barnet on the final Saturday of October and subsequent surgery ruled him out for almost three months, ending any chance of him leaving in the New Year.

Thomas scored twice on his return to the side but, not fully fit, he could not recreate the magic he displayed earlier in the campaign.

He was also not inspired by the managerial regime of Dave Jones so Pools, sadly, did not see the best of him.

When Jones was sacked, Thomas said he was a player re-born only for a knee niggle to rule him out of the win over Doncaster.

But on his day, Thomas is a stunning player, who can beat opponents as though they are not there and that is what has attracted the interest of Sheffield United and Boro.