Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 19
Memphis Depay is reportedly stalling on a new contract, offering encouragement to Tottenham ahead of the transfer deadline.
Ben Burrows of the Daily Mirror reports:
Memphis Depay has turned down a new contract offer at PSV amid interest from Tottenham.
The 20-year-old midfielder, who impressed at this summer's World Cup for the Netherlands, isn't averse to staying put in the Eredivisie.
But with interest mounting, chiefly Spurs, he is said to prefer to wait until after the window closes before committing to the club.
Updates from Friday, Aug. 8
Tottenham are yet to make any approach for PSV youngster Memphis Depay.
A spokesman for the Dutch club provided the latest update while on Europa League duty, per Lyall Thomas of Sky Sports:
There has been no contact from Spurs whatsoever.
Our sporting director Marcel Brands stated to Dutch media yesterday that he expects Memphis to stay at the club and Nacer Chadli is not of interest to us.
We are in Austria at the moment for our Europa League game against SKN St Polten and Memphis is in the squad. He is fully focused on the game.
Tottenham have emerged as potential suitors for the signature of PSV starlet Memphis Depay, with latest reports suggesting Mauricio Pochettino's side will launch a €20 million bid for the winger.
De Telegraaf says that if Spurs were to make an offer, "Depay would want to listen," having impressed on the way to clinching a third-place finish as part of Louis van Gaal's Netherlands squad at this summer's World Cup.
The 20-year-old recently spoke fondly of a possible exit from Eindhoven, and was quoted by The Sun (h/t Daily Mail's Luke Augustus) as saying:
I did my time at PSV but if nice clubs from big leagues ask, of course I will think about it. There is lots of interest but it is an easy option to stay.
I understand that fans want me to play well this season in Eindhoven, but ultimately I'm the one who decides how my career will look and no one else.
Those comments would leave Pochettino with some hope of landing the speedster, who has risen quickly through the Eredivisie ranks and could be the latest to benefit from the post-World Cup hype.
WhoScored.com breaks down Depay's 2013-14 season by the numbers, showing his eye for goal to be of particularly good value for one in his position:
GRAPHIC: Memphis Depay - Eredivisie 2013/14 pic.twitter.com/doAXfGaMYC— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) August 6, 2014
Spurs have already sold Gylfi Sigurdsson and Iago Falque this summer to Swansea City and Genoa, respectively, freeing up some squad space for arrivals out wide and in attacking midfield.
Dutch writer Elko Born sees Depay as an upgrade from Aaron Lennon, and at just 20 years of age, the Oranje maestro has time on his hands in which to adapt his play to the English top flight:
@ginolasleftfoot I think so. Depay has strength, technical skills and a bit of speed.— Elko Born (@Elko_B) August 6, 2014
Born has mentioned in the past that PSV would be willing to sell Depay for a €20 million sum:
According to @RikElfrink, PSV would be willing to sell Depay for €20 million or more (and loan him back). But so far, no offer has been made— Elko Born (@Elko_B) July 25, 2014
Following the mass influx of players at White Hart Lane last summer, Spurs have been less busy this year, although the signings of Michel Vorm, Ben Davies and Aaron Hunt do address several areas of the squad.
That being said, there's yet to be an arrival of star quality for the north Londoners, one who might incite the notion that the club are ready to return to the Premier League's top four.
That being said, at the quoted sum, Depay could instigate some more belief among Spurs fans, currently rated as one of the more prodigious talents in the Dutch ranks.