Newcastle and Everton have been scouting coveted PSV attacker Memphis Depay, who has also been linked with Manchester United, as both make plans to reinforce their respective goalscoring options during the January transfer window.
It is reported by the Sunday People that Alan Pardew and Roberto Martinez both sent representatives to analyse Depay at close quarters as the Netherlands lost to Mexico in the recently concluded international break.
Depay played for the full 90 minutes as Mexico recorded a 3-2 win at the Amsterdam Arena, with the 20-year-old having fast established himself as a key player for the national side.
World Cup wonder
He scored twice at the World Cup as Louis van Gaal’s side reached the semi-final and later clinched third place with a win over Brazil, and he has continued this fine form into the domestic season with PSV.
The Eredivisie club were able to secure Depay to a lucrative long-term deal following his summer exploits, but his nine goals already this term have led to renewed speculation about his future in Eindhoven.
PSV manager Phillip Cocu has conceded that Depay will eventually be sold, although that may be some way off, but it could be that the club consider sanctioning a sale if the player’s supposed £18 million valuation is met.
It would be a sizeable sum for either Newcastle or Everton to pay, although the latter demonstrated their financial clout with the summer acquisition of Romelu Lukaku, and they are unlikely to be the only two clubs interested.
The link with Manchester United will persist given the relationship Depay has with Van Gaal, and it could be that he follows international colleague Daley Blind in linking up with his former manager at Old Trafford.
It would be a coup indeed were Newcastle or Everton able to complete a deal ahead of Manchester United, also given that fact that Depay is being touted as the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’.