Tottenham will make a move for Netherlands winger and Manchester United target Memphis Depay if they are unable to prise Jay Rodriguez from Southampton, according to the Telegraph.
Depay has a burgeoning reputation as one of the finest up-and-coming youngsters in the Eredivisie and impressed at the World Cup with Holland, where he bagged two goals as his side finished third overall.
His performances for PSV Eindhoven have seen him dubbed 'the new Cristiano Ronaldo' in his homeland. Having spent the last three seasons in the PSV first team it looks as though he could be on the move this summer, with both Tottenham and Manchester United interested in him.
It would appear as though Manchester United have the upper hand in the transfer tussle because of the presence of Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford. He took Depay to the World Cup as part of his 23-man squad, and the pair could be reunited once more at club level.
However the Telegraph claim that Tottenham are eyeing up Depay as an alternative to Jay Rodriguez, and could make a move soon. Indeed reports in Holland say their interest is concrete, and they will launch a €20 million transfer raid soon.
Dutch paper De Telegraaf report that Depay would be open to hearing what Tottenham have to say, meaning Manchester United may have to declare their interest soon or risk missing out on the talented youngster.
Rodriguez was thought to be Spurs' primary target, but it looks increasingly likely that Southampton won't sell the striker, or midfield colleague Morgan Schneiderlin. Saints chairman Ralph Krueger insisted that no more players would leave the south coast club following the departure of five key players earlier on in the summer.
The fact that Rodriguez is still recovering from a serious knee injury which kept him out of the World Cup and means he is unlikely to be fit until October also makes a move to Tottenham look unlikely.
Spurs have so far signed two players this summer, Michel Vorm and Ben Davies, both from Swansea - the same amount as Manchester United.
Ander Herrera and Luke shaw have arrived at Old Trafford, and while plenty more were expected to follow it seems as though Van Gaal and Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward are no closer to adding a third.
A move for Arturo Vidal has been in the works for some time but as yet nothing has materialised, while their attempts to sign Thomas Vermaelen and Mats Hummels amongst others have gone nowhere so far.
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