Rotherham United smashed their transfer record to sign a Premier League striker after a spying mission by boss Steve Evans.
The Millers swooped for Aston Villa frontman Jordan Bowery yesterday and had to pay the biggest fee in their history to land him on a two-year deal.
Evans revealed he had watched the former Chesterfield hot-shot in person in the Premier League before deciding he was the man the Millers needed.
“He forced himself into the starting line-up for a number of weeks before the end of last season and I watched one of those matches live,” Evans said.
“Of course, I have also seen him on a number of other occasions.”
Bowery, aged 22, first caught the eye as a youngster at Chesterfield, where his 17 goals in 101 matches persuaded Villa to take him to the top flight.
He didn’t score in 22 matches for Villa, but the view in the Midlands is that he’s a quality player with speed to burn who could shine in The Championship.
“We are delighted to sign him. We have been very patient and thankfully we were able to persuade Jordan that his future lies in Rotherham,” Evans added.
“I am thankful to Paul Lambert at Aston Villa for the kind words he said about Rotherham United.”
The undisclosed fee eclipses the club’s previous record, believed to be £160,000 to secure the services of Lee Frecklington.
Meanwhile, Evans has rejected claims that he is interested in Barnsley midfield man Jim O’Brien.