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Darlington's Mark Cooper to listen to Dan Burn offers

Dan Burn
Burn made his Darlington debut in December 2009

Darlington boss Mark Cooper has admitted that the club are willing to listen to offers for highly-rated defender Dan Burn.

The 18-year-old has been courted by several sides including Premier League clubs Everton and Fulham.

Cooper conceded to BBC Tees: "Whoever comes up with the money will get the player at the end of the season."

A product of Darlington's academy, Burn has made 10 first team appearances for the side this season.

Speculation about Burn's future has been rife since Everton manager David Moyes was spotted watching Darlington's 2-1 defeat by Newport County.

Despite Cooper telling BBC Tees that Moyes, a friend of his, was there to see him, Moyes later admitted that he was in fact watching the Quakers' teenager.

But Everton are likely to face stiff competition to sign the centre-half.

Cooper added: "There are numerous clubs that are interested in Dan Burn, as far as I'm aware there's nothing been signed.

"He's been down to Fulham, they're very keen on him."

Burn is a product of the Darlington academy and Cooper believes that his development is a reflection of the quality of Darlington youth team coach Craig Liddle.

He said: "We spoke about Craig Liddle and the young boys he's bringing through and there's more of them to come."

Cooper has turned to younger players a number of times this season, with the likes of 17-year-old defender Phil Gray and 18-year-old striker John McReady stepping up to the first team.

Cooper added: "What is does do is give the younger lads the belief that if they are good enough they're going to get a chance in the team."

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see also
Darlington boss tips Burn for top
30 Mar 11 |  Darlington
Quakers boss eyes youth recruits
10 Feb 11 |  Darlington

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