Tottenham fear Manchester United interest in Memphis Depay

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Tottenham and Manchester United for Depay?

Tottenham are the latest Premier League club to show an interest in signing PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay.

This is according to reports from The Daily Star, which claim that the £12 million-rated 20-year-old could be signed by Mauricio Pochettino but also that the club appear to be concerned about potential Manchester United interest in the player.

Indeed, the Red Devils - who officially unveiled former Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal as their next permanent manager last week - have been linked with Depay already this summer, with speculation dating back to May having suggested that the Dutch international could be open to moving to Old Trafford in the future.

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If that is indeed true, then Tottenham are perhaps right to harbour concerns about competition from a man who will presumably have built quite a rapport with Depay during their time in the Oranje international set-up.

Van Gaal - who has seen several of his former international charges mentioned in regards to potential Premier League reunions in recent weeks - is clearly quite a fan, with the former Sparta Rotterdam youth product having featured on four occasions during his country's run to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.

Although Depay did not play in the agonising semi-final loss to Argentina or the third-placed playoff victory over hapless hosts Brazil, his contribution was nevertheless impressive and valuable to the overall cause.

The purchase of a new winger may not be at the very top of Van Gaal's transfer agenda this summer, although presumably that could be subject to change in the future with serious question marks surrounding the respective Manchester United futures of Nani, Ashley Young and Wilfried Zaha.

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Pochettino's first signing?

Tottenham are yet to make any major signings during the current transfer window, an uncharacteristically cautious stance from the club that must surely stem from the criticism received following their apparent errors when selecting replacements for Gareth Bale last year.

With the Welshman's world-record move to Real Madrid appearing inevitable, the North Londoners broke their own previous transfer record on three separate occasions in an obvious attempt to ensure that the loss of such a talented attacking talent would not prove too costly to their ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League.

That flurry of signings did not prove particularly successful, however, with the likes of Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela having endured disappointing debut campaigns in English football.

New manager Mauricio Pochettino - who was instrumental in the continued development of a number of Southampton's talented squad during his one-and-a-half seasons at St Mary's - is presumably eager to take a different approach, although one can certainly see the merits of signing a young and ambitious player such as Depay.

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