Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a move for Lyon striker Memphis Depay. The Mirror reports that the Dutch international has become the ‘main target’ in attack for Spurs and that a £50 million bid could be made for the player.
Depay, who previously struggled in England during a stint at Manchester United, is now in fine form for both Lyon and the Netherlands, scoring 14 goals in 17 games for club and country this season.
But Tottenham fans with a decent memory will remember this is not the first time that the club have been linked with Depay. In fact, they previously tried to sign him from PSV Eindhoven.
As reported by The Guardian in 2014, Mauricio Pochettino was ‘considering’ a £15 million move for the player after an impressive World Cup in Brazil. The report suggested Depay was seeking advice from former Robin van Persie, who was pushing a move to England for the attacker.
Nothing happened. Depay remained in Holland for one more season of development at PSV. The Guardian, however, later reported that Tottenham had indeed failed in a £14.4 million bid for the player.
Then PSV technical director Marcel Brands was quoted as saying, by The Guardian, that a deal to sign Depay would have to be significantly higher than Tottenham’s initial offer.
“It will be much higher than the offer from Tottenham Hotspur. He will be very expensive.”
That it was. Manchester United signed Depay that summer for a fee reported (The Telegraph) to be in the region of £25 million.
He struggled at Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho eventually let him leave for Lyon as he struggled to accommodate him into the Red Devils side. Depay has gone on to rehabilitate his reputation and it seems Tottenham boss Pochettino has not forgotten about him, five years after Spurs had a bid rejected.
Unfortunately for Tottenham, he is now going to cost over three times as much as they were willing to pay in the Argentine’s first summer in North London.