Everton boss Ronald Koeman has suffered a setback in his pursuit for Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, according to The Mirror.
The Toffees manager admitted an interest in his Dutch compatriot and was considering a loan move in January for the 22-year-old.
“If there is any opportunity then of course I am interested,” he told The Sun.
“I was interested at Southampton, that has not changed. We have to be patient but we will do business in January.”
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However, United manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed any suggestions of the winger moving to Goodison Park as he is reluctant to let the player join a Premier League rival according to the latest report.
The Old Trafford boss fears Depay could come back to haunt him in England, preferring him to go on loan abroad.
Considering the United star has only played 20 minutes of football in four substitute appearances this term, it is evident that Mourinho has lost faith in the winger and doesn’t see him in any of his future plans.
However, there are a number of clubs in Europe that believe the Netherlands international can recapture the form that saw him score 28 goals in 40 games for PSV Eindhoven during the 2014-15 season.
Fenerbahce are favourites to land Depay, with boss Dick Advocaat hoping their Dutch connection can unite them in Turkey.