By Harvey Byrne

Steve Brown is set to leave Everton’s scouting set-up for Manchester United, according to a report.

Merseyside publication the Liverpool Echo claim that Brown will end a near eight-year association with the Blues after accepting an offer to move to Old Trafford.

Brown joined Everton in August 2008 from Reading and took up the role of Head of Performance Analysis.

In  February 2014, the former Cardiff and Birmingham analyst was promoted to scouting and recruitment co-ordinator where he worked closely with former manager Roberto Martinez and chief scout Kevin Reeves.

Brown’s reported departure comes as Everton revamp their recruitment department and it has been reported that they have made an approach for Leicester’s head of recruitment Steve Walsh.

Experienced scout Brown has earned a reputation as a thorough analyst and was a trusted member of the backroom staff under, first, David Moyes and subsequently his successor Roberto Martinez.

The Echo report that Reeves and Brown were tasked with identifying transfer targets and organising the club’s international scouting network.

However, Reeves left the club in May following the departure of Martinez and now Brown is set to also leave the club.

In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are keeping close tabs on Portugal playmaker Rafa Silva.