Everton movement in coming days as chase for £31m forward hots up - Sky
By Alex Stevens
Everton are still in the chase to sign Manchester United wide forward Memphis Depay, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim on their transfer centre blog on Sunday (7.31pm) that there is set to be “significant movement this week” in the race to price Depay from Old Trafford amid interest from Ronald Koeman’s side.
Lyon have gone public with their interest in the Holland international, who joined United for £31million from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2015.
Sky report that the French club’s opening bid for the 22-year-old amounted to £13million, which United say was rejected out of hand.
This could pave the way for a much more significant offer from Everton, whose manager Koeman has admitted he is keen to push through a deal for his countryman this month.
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Everton have already signed one Manchester United player in the January window after landing Morgan Schneiderlin for an initial £20million rising to £24million.
Schneiderlin made his Everton debut as a 65th minute substitute in their emphatic 4-0 win over Manchester City at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Koeman handed another debut to his second January signing, the winger Ademola Lookman, who made his first appearance a memorable one when he scored the team’s fourth goal in injury time almost immediately after joining the action.
Depay’s reputation has nosedived following an unproductive 18 months at Old Trafford – following his transfer worth £31million, according to the BBC Sport website.
He has slipped further down the pecking order under Jose Mourinho, with his eight appearances this season amounting to just 134 minutes of action.
The Dutch forward has not been selected for the team since October and has not even made the matchday squad since November.
In other Everton transfer news, the club have tabled a mega striker offer.