By Alex Stevens
Everton are preparing to make a January swoop for Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, according to a report.
Manager Ronald Koeman has admitted he could be in the market for attacking reinforcements in the wake of the knee injury that has cruelly ended Yannick Bolasie’s season.
The Times claim it is “looking likely” that Koeman will make a concerted move for Depay, who has been frozen out at Old Trafford this season under new boss Jose Mourinho.
It is said that Holland international Depay is almost certain to find a new club next month, either on loan or on a permanent deal.
The loss of Bolasie, who joined Everton from Crystal Palace last summer for a fee rising to £28million, is a major blow to Koeman.
The DR Congo international had been a regular in the team and responded to the manager’s faith with one goal and four assists from 14 Premier League matches.
By contrast, Depay, 22, has barely had a look-in at United this season, accumulating just 134 minutes of first-team action across three competitions.
Once again, the Dutchman was not in the matchday squad for United’s 2-0 Europa League win over Ukraine side Zorya on Thursday evening.
He is also set to miss out when Mourinho’s side host Tottenham in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday.
In other Everton transfer news, the club have tabled a £12million striker bid, with another £6million likely to seal the deal.