By Alex Stevens
Everton have made a £40million bid for Manchester United duo Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, according to a report.
Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his website that the Toffees have lodged the monster double offer for the fringe United duo.
It is said that the double bid is a “serious one” as Everton try to tempt the Premier League’s highest earning club into two January sales.
Di Marzio reports that the Merseysiders want to make at least two major signings next month as manager Ronald Koeman aims to strengthen a squad that has stuttered in recent months.
The update from the reliable Sky Italy journalist is intriguing after reports in the UK that Everton were keen on a loan deal for Depay, who has barely figured under Jose Mourinho.
The United manager also revealed on Friday that the club were willing to listen to offers for Schneiderlin in January after the midfielder told the club he wanted a transfer.
Sky Sports report that West Brom have offered £18million for Schneiderlin, who joined United for around £25million in the summer of 2015.
The 27-year-old has been surplus to requirements at United since Mourinho took over as manager in the summer.
He has not started a Premier League match this season, with all three of his appearances in the competition coming as a substitute.
Depay has also barely a had a look-in under the Portuguese in a continuation of a difficult 18 months at Old Trafford.
Football Insider verdict:
Schneiderlin might not be Mourinho’s idea of a top-notch midfielder but that does not mean the Frenchman will not be a big hit at Everton. With Gareth Barry about to blow out 36 candles on his birthday cake, Schneiderlin will bring much-needed energy and mobility to the Goodison engine room and should provide a strong alliance with Idrissa Gueye, the best of Koeman’s summer signings. Schneiderlin is a France international and a proven Premier League performer. He is set to join an ambitious club who suddenly have deep pockets. It is a deal that should benefit all parties.
In the latest Everton transfer news, the club are in talks to sign three midfielder in January, although one deal has hit a stumbling block.