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Koeman eager to get United's Depay on loan in January

2016-11-14 10:46
Memphis Depay, Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Everton boss Ronald Koeman has revealed his interest in signing out-of-favour Manchester United winger Memphis Depay.

Reports earlier in the week suggested the 22-year-old, who has fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho at United, could be allowed to leave on loan to secure some much-needed game time.

And in an interview on the Sunday morning show Tafel met Kees, Koeman expressed his interest in his compatriot, while also criticising Dutch coach Danny Blind for not considering Stoke City left-back Erik Pieters for any of his recent national squads.

Koeman, who tried to sign Depay when manager of Southampton, said: "He’s a young player with individual qualities, threat and he’s efficient. I would like him in January.

"He is a good and interesting player. He’s shown that in his early days at Manchester United. More recently, though, it’s been less. He needs to play more games."

Everton though aren't the only club interested in the former PSV Eindhoven man, with Juventus, Roma, AC Milan, Galatasaray and Fenerbahce all reportedly keen to acquire his services,.

And ahead of the Netherland's World Cup qualifier with Luxembourg on Sunday, Koeman added: "Of course, Blind’s choices become more limited, but I think there is also some good players that are not called, but who do belong there.

"Playing every week for two or three years at Stoke City and he is doing just fine. What is the reason for not selecting that boy?"

Finally, the 53-year-old former Vitesse, Ajax, Benfica, PSV, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord boss, admitted he would be keen on the Netherlands job, if he got the chance.

Koeman was reportedly close to the post before Guus Hiddink was named manager when Louis van Gaal stepped down. He concluded: "If I get a chance to be coach of Orange, I would still love to do it."

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