Everton sent scout Kevin Reeves to watch Ryan Gauld, Andrew Robinson and John Sautter in action during Dundee’s 4-1 win over Hearts – incidentally the third match the Everton scout has been present this season.
He was joined in the stands by Liverpool’s chief scout Alan Harper.
Harper is believed to have been an almost permanent fixture at United games this season, submitting several glowing reports on the youngsters to manager Brendan Rodgers.
Left back Andrew Robertson has particularly caught the eye of late, with his display against Hearts simply adding to the reputation of a player named the SPL’s player of the month for November.
Dundee are bracing themselves for bids for the trio in January, with Southampton, Wigan, QPR, Cardiff City, Manchester United, Manchester City and Roma all having sent spies to watch the youngsters in recent months.
Ryan Gauld is perhaps going to demand the biggest fee, with Dundee boss Jackie Macnamara placing a £6million price tag on the 17-year-old’s head.
But the youngster has admitted while he is open-minded to where his next move may be, perhaps a switch abroad would be more beneficial for his career.
“In England, it’s more athletes. Being smaller, I need to think about what’s best for me and what’s best around me – and I think being abroad is the best culture of football for me,” Gauld said.
“If I were to go down there, I’d have to think what my chances are of first team football. If I was stuck in the reserves, how much would I enjoy that?”