Everton open boardroom talks with Manchester United about January double deal - report
By Alex Stevens
Everton have held preliminary talks with Manchester United about a double deal for Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin, according to a report.
The Sun claim opening negotiations about a stunning double swoop for winger Depay and midfield anchorman Schneiderlin took place in the Goodison Park boardroom ahead of Sunday’s 1-1 draw between the clubs.
It is said that United could be willing to offload the 2015 summer signings after they fell down the pecking order at Old Trafford under new manager Jose Mourinho.
Everton manager Ronald Koeman has already gone public with his interest in signing Depay and the Sun report that he is the “main target” in January of the Merseyside club.
It is likely that United will make the £25million signing from PSV Eindhoven available for loan in January, although they are also open to recoup their initial outlay on the player.
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Meanwhile, it is stated that the Merseyside club are in pole position to land Schneiderlin, who has been frozen out by Mourinho this season.
The France international is behind Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and even Bastian Schweinsteiger in the central midfield pecking order at Old Trafford.
Schneiderlin has made just three starts for the team this season, with none of them coming in the Premier League.
Depay, 22, has started only one match for United this season – in the League Cup – and his total of playing minutes amounts to just 134 minutes in all competitions.
In other Everton transfer news, the club are at the centre of a January transfer scramble for a Premier League player with the release clause set at £25million.