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Manchester United make approach to sign Memphis Depay

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Want-away Dutch star Memphis Depay has been all but given the go ahead for his dream move to Premier League giants Manchester United, as months of speculation have prompted the Red Devils to make an enquiry about the player.

According to the club, Manchester United have made an official approach about the Eredivisie top goalscorer, as the striker has set the bar high this season, bagging 20 goals for the league leaders PSV.

Acquiesce to United's request

PSV are willing to sell the player for what would seem a next to nothing fee, having previously informed Tottenham Hotspur, another side vying for the Dutch sensation's signature that they would accept nothing less than £15 million.

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The rumours surrounding a move to London for the 21-year-old however are just that, as the club's technical director, Marcel Brands, has confirmed on Dutch television United are the only club to have made an official enquiry.

Brands confirmation

"We have had a telephone call from them about him," Brands said, according to the Daily Mirror, indicating Van Gaal is turning up the heat in pursuit of his fellow countryman.

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The approach comes as little surprise as Van Gaal, like many other top managers, has been following the progress of the Dutch star and is keen to link up with the player who he gave his big break to on the international stage at last year's World Cup in Brazil.

Most managers would be quick to dampen the possibility of their star player leaving, however Phillip Cocu at PSV has done quite the opposite, opting to admit that the player is more or less a United player already.

Dutch born Cocu, a former PSV captain, has recognised the potential of his country's brightest talent and the danger that a move for Depay is more or less a done deal. Speaking about Depay and his fellow international Georginio Wijnaldum, Cocu admitted it is unlikely that the two will be playing at the Phillips Stadion next season, conceding that it was damaged limitation at this point.

Cocu reluctance

"The chance is really good that they'll both go," Cocu said. "But I do hope we'll be able to keep the rest of the team.

It is uncertain if Depay will opt for Manchester United as the orderly cue is starting for the exceptional striker. However with the temptation of European football, possible silverware and linking up with his former coach, it appears that the deal is as good as done.

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