By Harvey Byrne
Fenerbache are in “pole position” to sign Manchester United attacker Memphis Depay, according to a report.
The Mirror have claimed that the Turkish giants are leading the pursuit to take the 22-year-old on loan.
Fenerbache are currently managed by Dutchman Dick Advocaat and the report states the senior figure is hoping the national connection can help to clinch the deal.
The Mirror states that “Advocaat has helped helped Holland duo Robin van Persie and Jeremain Lens relaunch their careers at Fenerbahce, and is confident he can do the same for fellow countryman Memphis”.
United only signed Depay last summer under the stewardship of Louis Van Gaal for a big £25million fee.
He made 48 appearances for Van Gaal, scoring seven times and providing seven assists in all competitions.
However, under new boss Jose Mourinho the 27-time capped international has featured just seven times.
His current contract runs until 2019 and Premier League rivals Everton are also interested in Depay, but it is stated that “Mourinho is unwilling to strengthen a Premier League rival”.
Both United and the Toffees are level on points in the Premier League after 11 fixtures and it is believed the pair may be looking to finish in the same area this season.
Football Insider verdict:
Depay was once considered one of Europe’s brightest young talents and Manchester United must hold off from selling him permanently. Mourinho was too quick to sell Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku at Chelsea, while Paul Pogba also came back to haunt United this summer. It is imperative that they keep the young starlet at the club and his attacking attributes could also benefit a United team which is currently struggling going forward and in the future. He also has that one attribute so necessary for the counter-attacking style Mourinho prefers in marquee matches: pace. And lots of it. Depay can still be a big influence at Old Trafford.
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