Memphis Depay
Memphis Depay wanted by Southampton and Manchester United Getty

Manchester United have been told not to waste their time with a bid for PSV Eindhoven star Memphis Depay in January.

Depay, 21, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, where he would reunite with his former Netherlands coach, Louis van Gaal.

Southampton were another club who attempted to bring the winger to the Premier League only for him to reject the opportunity to sign for Ronald Koeman's side and sign a contract extension at the Phillips Arena in the summer.

PSV admit they have little chance of holding on to the Netherlands international in the long term but manager Phillip Cocu insists none of his players are looking for a mid-season move and predicts a quiet January for the club.

Speaking to Dutch outlet Voetbal International, Cocu said: "They all want to stay. I find that is the feeling in the group."

The club's technical director Marcel Brands added: "I do not expect anything in the winter."

PSV's title surge this campaign is also likely to help convince Depay to stay until at least the end of the season. The club currently sit a point clear at the top of the Eredivisie and will break Ajax's four-year dominance of the Dutch top flight if they can maintain that momentum until the end of the season.

Those close to PSV spent the summer advising Depay not to leave the club too soon but they are likely to find themselves powerless to stop him departing at the end of the season.

"Of course, Memphis will be sold. You will not be able to stop it, but it does not matter," Cocu told Dutch magazine Helden in November. "It was nice to be able to form a player like him. I am also glad he stayed with us this season.

"It is important for him to play as many as 50 times in one season before making a big decision [to move to another club]. He can be better than [he is] now. He is very explosive."