Manchester United are reportedly willing to cut their losses on Memphis Depay and have given up hope of recouping their outlay on him.
As reported by The Mirror, the Red Devils spent £25m last year to prise him away from PSV Eindhoven, with the hope that he would become an integral part of their future.
However, the Dutchman has struggled to force his way into Jose Mourinho’s plans so far this season, and it’s suggested that United are ready to offload him in January.
The report adds that Everton remain keen on signing him, and they appear to have been handed a major boost in their pursuit of the 22-year-old as they won’t have to match what United paid to sign him just under 18 months ago.
It’s claimed Mourinho could be willing to accept just half of that £25m fee, and so Ronald Koeman will undoubtedly hope to press ahead with plans to sign his compatriot and add him to his squad on Merseyside.
Further, it’s reported that the Depay exit is part of a bigger plan from Mourinho to get rid of players that have no future at Old Trafford with the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger also set for the chop in January.
After scoring seven goals and providing 10 assists in 48 appearances last season, Depay has managed just just eight games this year with zero goals and assists.
Clearly it’s all gone wrong for the talented Dutch winger who arrived with such lofty expectations, and a move elsewhere may be the answer to him rediscovering his best form.