Premier League big guns Everton and Liverpool have stepped up their pursuit of Dundee United’s superkids. Toffees head scout Kevin Reeves travelled north for a third time in recent months to watch Ryan Gauld, Andrew Robertson and John Souttar play their part in a 4-1 win over Hearts. Joining the Goodison Park spy in the stands was Liverpool’s chief scout, Alan Harper. Harper has been an almost permanent fixture at United games this season, submitting glowing reports on the star trio to boss Brendan Rodgers. In particular, left-back Robertson has caught the eye and his display in the beating of Hearts only added to the reputation of Scotland’s player of the month for November. Tannadice was again packed with scouts from clubs in England and abroad on Saturday. Spies from QPR, Cardiff City, Manchester City, Manchester United, Southampton and Wigan, as well as Roma, were on hand to monitor the trio earmarked as among the hottest teenage talents in Europe. It now seems inevitable United boss Jackie McNamara will have to deal with bids for all three in the January transfer window. Souttar – still only 17 – has already turned down a move to Sunderland, but remains in the sights of several top flight clubs. Robertson’s admirers grow by the week and the 19-year-old – who only turned full-time in August after joining from Queen’s Park – is also on the verge of Scotland honours with Gordon Strachan impressed. Gauld, rated at £6million by United, has been named the SPFL young player of the month, but refuses to let the attention go to his head. And, while the 17-year-old is open about his next move, he has hinted he’d prefer to look abroad.