Everton still in talks to land £31m forward - report
By Alex Stevens
Everton are still in talks with Manchester United to sign winger Memphis Depay this month, according to a report.
The Mail claim the Merseysiders are still working on a deal to land the Holland international after tying up the loose ends of the £24million signing of Morgan Schneiderlin.
The France international arrived at Everton’s Finch Farm training base on Wednesday morning ahead of undergoing medical tests with the club.
It is reported that Everton have agreed to pay United £22million plus £2million of performance-related add-ons for the midfielder, 27.
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho admitted on Wednesday night after his side’s League Cup semi-final first leg win over Hull that a deal to take Schneiderlin to Everton was “close”.
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But Everton’s January spending is not set to end there as they step ahead with plans to refurbish a squad that has had a mixed opening half of the season.
The Mail report that the cash-rich former title winners are “still in talks” with United over the signing of Depay, with Everton preferring a loan deal and the Manchester-based club a straight cash transfer.
The 22-year-old moved to Old Trafford from PSV Eindhoven in the summer of 2015 in a deal costing £31million, according to the BBC Sport website.
Depay had a poor first season under Louis van Gaal and has slipped further down the pecking order under 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.
By contrast, he was prolific for PSV, where he shot to attention after scoring 50 goals and providing 29 assists in 124 matches for the club.
In other Everton transfer news, the club have tabled a mega striker offer.