Friday 15 December 2017

Manchester United could let Memphis Depay join Everton on loan in January

Manchester United's Memphis Depay is currently out of favour
Manchester United's Memphis Depay is currently out of favour

James Ducker

Memphis Depay could join Everton on loan in January with Ronald Koeman giving serious consideration to a move for the out-of-favour Manchester United winger.

United will listen to offers for the Holland international, who has yet to start a Premier League game under Jose Mourinho this season, and Koeman is believed to be interested in the prospect of bringing his compatriot to Goodison Park.

Koeman was in Amsterdam on Wednesday night to watch Depay play the final 23 minutes of Holland’s 1-1 draw against Belgium at the Amsterdam ArenA and the Everton manager, who is on the hunt for a pacey winger to complement Yannick Bolasie, believes he can help to reinvigorate his fellow Dutchman.

Depay spoke last month about his frustration at sitting on the substitutes’ bench, claiming he feels like a “loaded gun, ready to be shot”, and the 22-year-old is thought to have come to accept that his interests will be best served by a move in the winter window after falling down the pecking order under Mourinho.

United are keen to bolster Depay’s transfer value after splashing an initial £25 million on the winger in June last year and believe a successful loan move could help to restore the player’s confidence.

But it remains to be seen if Mourinho and Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, would sanction a move to Everton at a time when the Merseyside club are level on points in the Premier League table and provide competition for a European place. Italian club Roma have also expressed an interest in Depay.

One United player who appears to be going nowhere is Angel Gomes, the highly-regarded attacking midfielder who is captain of England Under-17s. Gomes, 16, has attracted interest from Barcelona and other leading European clubs, but his father says his son is focused on breaking through into United’s first team.

“The important thing is that Angel continues to have all this pleasure in playing,” Gil Gomes said.

“I don’t deny that many clubs ask me about him but that’s what he always says – the next dream is to play for United’s first team, a club where he has been growing.”

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