Memphis Depay
Depay advised to find a club that is an 'intermediate step.'Getty

Manchester United target Memphis Depay has been warned against making the wrong move this summer.

Depay, 21, is poised to leave PSV Eindhoven at the end of the season after a marvellous campaign in the Eredivisie, where he leads his side's goal scoring charts with 22 goals.

PSV boss Philipp Cocu is resigned to losing the player with Old Trafford tipped as a possible destination given the player's existing relationship with United boss Louis van Gaal. Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton have also seen offers turned away in the past year.

But former PSV striker Jermain Lens believes the winger should hold off on a move, or risk suffering the fate of another Dutch starlet who had disappeared into obscurity in Ibrahim Afellay.

Afellay left PSV in 2011 when Barcelona came calling, but amid a string of injury problems he failed to impose himself on the first team. The 29-year-old is currently on loan at Greek side Olympiakos having failed to make an impression at Schalke last year.

"Ibe [Afellay] is a great player, who was then just as Memphis is now, ready for the next step in his career," Lens told Voetbal International. "Ibe chose Barcelona. That is of course an offer that one can hardly ignore, but he also knew that he would not get into the team.

"Such a thing is not good for your development, no matter how you look at it. The fact that he did not have luck with injuries is of course terrible. But first he chose a club where he would not be more than a 12th man.

"I think Memphis definitely has the potential to play for a top ten club in Europe, but I advise him first to take an intermediate step."

Depay turned down the chance to move last summer in order to continue his development in Netherlands but has been widely tipped to move on this summer.