Monday, April 23, 2018

Holland winger Memphis Depay aware of EPL interest; Wigan sign Tavernier

PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay will not decide his future until after the World Cup.

PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay is aware of reports linking him with English Premier League trio Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur but will not decide his future until after the World Cup.

The Holland international, 20, has scored twice and set up another in two substitute appearances for the Oranje at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil and is the third-favourite, behind Paul Pogba (6/4) and Raphael Varane (3/1), at 7/2 to be named Young Player of the Tournament.

Depay, whose current deal at the Philips Stadion expires in the summer of 2017, is viewed by many — perhaps including new Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal — as one of Europe’s brightest attacking prospects.

United have already completed big-money moves for Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw but a potential move for Depay will have to wait until after the World Cup.

“Of course I’ve read that Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are interested. But no more than that,” Depay told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad.

“I’ll see later. My agent Kees Ploegsma is here [in Brazil] too, but we are not talking about that kind of stuff. That is for after the World Cup.”

When asked if there was a chance he would stay at PSV, Depay added: “I don’t rule that out.

“I’ve not become a champion with PSV. The fact is that people now ask me what I’m going to do and I understand that. But now, it’s the World Cup.”

Depay bagged 12 goals in 32 Dutch Eredivisie appearances for PSV last season.

Wigan sign Tavernier

Sky Bet Championship side Wigan Athletic have completed the signing of defender James Tavernier from Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee.

Tavernier, 22, has penned a three-year deal with the Latics and will officially join the club when the transfer window re-opens on 1 July.

The 22-year-old, who joined Newcastle from Leeds United in 2008, made just nine first-team appearances for the Magpies, spending the majority of the past three seasons on loan in League One with the likes of Carlisle United, Sheffield Wednesday, Milton Keynes Dons, Shrewsbury Town and Rotherham United.

“It has been a long summer and I’ve been waiting a long time to finalise the deal,” Tavernier told Wigan’s official website.

“Now that it has been completed, I’m delighted.

“Wigan Athletic are a Premier League club and I’ve always known them to be a Premier League club and hopefully I can help get us back where we belong.”

Tavernier scored five goals in 27 league appearances for Rotherham United in 2013/14.


Shawn Etemadi



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