Manchester United close in on PSV Eindhoven star Memphis Depay

Manchester United have ramped up their efforts to sign PSV Eindhoven star Memphis Depay by making an official approach for the 21-year-old.

The Eredivisie champions have confirmed that the Red Devils have made a move over the Holland international - with United manager Louis van Gaal keen to make him one of his first signings this summer.

Van Gaal is already familiar with the qualities of Depay having named him in his 23-man World Cup squad last year as Holland finished third in Brazil.

Premier League rivals Tottenham were keen on signing Depay last summer but saw their £15million offer rebuffed by PSV.

And now it appears United are in pole position to land the signature of the Dutch giants' No 7 - despite competition from some of Europe's biggest club's including Paris-Saint Germain.

'That was last summer. Now Depay is worth more than that,' PSV technical director Marcel Brands said of Tottenham's bid nearly 12 months ago.

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