Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in making a bid for Lyon attacker Memphis Depay, who previously played in the Premier League with Manchester United.
Depay moved to the French side from United in January 2017 after falling out of favour with then Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho.
According to the Daily Mirror, Spurs could make a bid of £50 million for the Dutch winger, who has been in spectacular form for Lyon, which has resulted in him becoming an important part of the Netherlands national side as well.
Depay moved from United to Lyon for around £16 million and has gone on to make 130 appearances for the French side, scoring 50 goals and managing 42 assists. The winger has been in very good form this season, scoring 12 goals in all competitions for Lyon.
The Dutchman’s contract with Lyon expires in 2021, having signed a four and a half year deal when he signed from United. The Dutchman has been in good form for his national team as well, scoring 8 goals and 2 assists this year.
Is Depay the freshness Tottenham’s attack needs?
Depay has turned things around for himself after leaving Manchester United, where he was much criticised for his off-field actions and his average performances on the pitch.
The 25-year-old has become an important player for Lyon, scoring plenty of goals and assists, as well as being a versatile player.
The Dutchman has played out wide on the left, cutting in field to cause problems, while he has also played as a striker and an attacking midfielder this season.
Depay is a technically gifted player, who has pace and dribbling skills to cause problems to opposition defences. He has the ability to create chances for his teammates with his vision and passing skills, while he has also improved his finishing skills to be a threat in front of goal.
Tottenham could use a player like him, who has the x-factor and can convert a defensive situation into attack with his pace and drive. Spurs have two very good forwards in Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, but don’t have quality replacements for them on the bench.
Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela are predominantly right-sided attackers or can play as second strikers, but don’t do well as lone forwards.
Depay could add energy, speed, dribbling ability, and good finishing skills, as well as add depth to the Spurs squad. At 25, he could be an important player for Spurs for the next 5-8 years, and a good addition to the north London side.