By Alex McLeish

11th Sep, 2021 | 8:45pm

£36m star tipped to'drop down' and join Everton within months as Brands talks confirmed - pundit

Alex McLeish has suggested Donny van de Beek may quit Manchester United to “drop down” and join Everton in 2022.

The former Scotland manager, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the Netherlands international could get his career back on track with the “ambitious” Toffees.

Speaking to Ziggo Sport, as quoted by the Athletic, Van De Beek’s agent Guido Albers confirmed he held talks with Everton director of football Marcel Brands over a late-window move.

However, Manchester United blocked the move on the day before the September 1 deadline.

The £36million signing from Ajax has struggled to establish himself in the side at Old Trafford and is yet to start a league game this term.

McLeish insisted the 24-year-old would fulfil his potential only by playing regularly.

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He suggested a move to Everton could see him reach the heights expected of him at United.

“The guy has been on the radar of many clubs for a long time.

“He’s a talented kid, he has just not found his feet at Man United. The expectations are absolutely massive.

“I’m not saying he would drop a level, he would still be a Premier League player.

“He’d be going to a club who are really ambitious, trying to get into the top six. Maybe just drop down a little bit.

“He is highly regarded. The only way that we’re going to see how highly regarded he is is by seeing him on the field on a regular basis. I can see him at Everton.”

Everton already have the likes of Allan, Andre Gomes, Tom Davies and Abdoulaye Doucoure as midfield options.

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