David Moyes has admitted his attempts to scout Darlington defender Dan Burn on the quiet were scuppered.
Everton boss sees secret scouting mission spotted
Everton boss David Moyes has admitted his attempts to scout Darlington defender Dan Burn on the quiet were scuppered.
Moyes travelled to Newport County on Tuesday evening to watch the Quakers teenager in action during a Blue Square Premier clash.
But the Scot's attempts to slip in unnoticed were thwarted and he has now been forced to confirm his interest in the talented teenager.
Moyes confirmed that a bid had been lodged with the FA Trophy finalists and regards Burn as one for the future.
"I didn't even put tickets on the door," he said.
"I was going to pay and stand on the terracing, but I got seen so that was that. I did it because I thought it was the right thing to do.
"We have made an offer for him and he would come into the same category as Greek striker Apostolos Vellios.
"So before people say we are making a big signing, it is a young player who might have a chance of improvement.
"It is very difficult now to spot someone in the lower leagues. There are very few who get overlooked, but then you would say, 'Look at Seamus Coleman'.
"We got recommended him and took him for £60,000, which we thought was worth doing."