Everton manager Ronald Koeman is reportedly weighing up a loan move for Manchester United winger Memphis Depay. The out-of-favour Dutchman has failed to impress since his big-money move to Old Trafford in 2015, and has been persistently linked with other clubs in recent months.
Koeman is a self-confessed fan of the 22-year-old attacker, who rose to prominence with PSV Eindhoven. By contrast, Depay has barely featured in Jose Mourinho's team this season, prompting suggestions that he does not fit the manager's long-term plans at United.
But according to the Liverpool Echo, United may be reluctant to allow Depay to go out on loan to a Premier League rival, and may instead prefer him joining Serie A side Roma, who are also interested in striking a loan switch.
Koeman, for his part, previously revealed he tried to sign Depay for Southampton prior to his switch to United. The manager admitted that Southampton's hopes of signing Depay – who scored 50 goals in 124 Eredivisie appearances for PSV – evaporated as soon as United expressed their interest.
"We tried to bring him to Southampton but he wanted to stay for one more year at PSV," the ex-Southampton manager shared in 2015. "When United went in for him this summer, we knew at Saints that we had no chance. When they come, we have no chance."
Meanwhile, Depay recently admitted to feeling frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities at United, and said he is desperate to play more regularly. "I am the same person and I know what I want," Depay told Dutch newspaper Metro Nieuws. "A supporting role is not for me. I'm not a player who is happy with the fact that he is under contract with Manchester United. This is my dream club, but I want to play."