Kenny Jackett: 'Wolverhampton Wanderers scouted Ryan Gauld'

Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Kenny Jackett admits that he "watched" Ryan Gauld in action before his switch to Sporting Lisbon.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett has revealed that he was interested in Scottish youngster Ryan Gauld prior to his move to Sporting Lisbon.

The 18-year-old, who rose through the ranks at Dundee United, had been linked with a host of clubs before he sealed his switch to Portugal on a six-year contract on Wednesday.

Jackett has since conceded that he was among those to have had the midfielder scouted, but no bid was ever lodged.

"He was certainly somebody we monitored and had reports on but there was no bid and we didn't go any further than that. He was certainly in our system of players we watched," Jackett is quoted as saying by the Express & Star.

Gauld is believed to have a £48m release clause in his deal with Sporting.

Dundee United's Ryan Gauld in action against Motherwell on May 13, 2012
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