David Moyes was interested in signing Singapore goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud while he was Real Sociedad manager, according to Singapore goalkeeping coach, John Burridge.
The LionsXII keeper is making a name for himself on the international stage, with his world class performance against Japan in June seeing him rake in the plaudits. Izwan made 18 saves in the 0-0 draw, a figure he improved on in last week's 3-0 defeat to Samurai Blue in which he made a massive 19 saves.
It appears that Moyes was one of the many people impressed by the 25-year-old's performance, with Burridge revealing that the Scot was keeping tabs on Izwan before he was sacked by Sociedad last week.
"I was very much in touch with David Moyes during his time at Sociedad," Burridge told Today. "For me, Izwan is a top draw and perfect for the Spanish league. I will try to find a way to get him and [Singapore number two] Hassan Sunny into Europe."
The former Newcastle keeper, who helped Oman keeper Ali Habsi move to Wigan in the Premier League, has no doubts that Izwan is good enough to make the switch to a European club.
“I am working on trying to get him into Europe because that’s what I came to Singapore for. I did the same for Al Habsi and I will do the same for him too,” said the 63-year-old.
Burridge believes that Izwan will only improve by making the step up to a more competitive league.
“The only thing he’s got to do is play at a bigger league and at a better standard of football," he said. "When you put them in a bigger league, it’s the league that teaches them.”