Ronald Koeman admits Southampton tried to sign Memphis Depay

by Tanveer Arayan

Ronald Koeman is ready to offer Manchester United winger Memphis Depay a deal to remain in the Premier League.

The Everton manager is considering a loan move for the Dutchman in January after he confirmed that he wanted to stay in England.

He tried to sign Memphis for Southampton, when the PSV Eindhoven forward was one of the hottest talents in Europe, but lost the race to Louis van Gaal for his signature in 2015.

Speaking about his previous attempts, Koeman insists Saints knew they had no chance when Man United joined the race for his services.

“We tried to bring him to Southampton but he wanted to stay for one more year at PSV,” he said.

“When United went in for him, we knew at Saints that we had no chance.”

Memphis has failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford and hasn’t been able to cement his place in the first-team with his unconvincing showings since Jose Mourinho’s arrival.

After falling further down the pecking order, it’s evident Memphis needs a move to save his career and a loan move to Everton would be perfect.

He’s still only young and has the potential to become a solid player at United, but a loan move would allow him to develop his game in the Premier League and pick up minutes he wouldn’t get at United.

The question now is if Mourinho will let Memphis leave and strengthen Everton, even though both sides are currently tied at 18 points in the Premier League.

You may also like