United and Spurs could rue missing out on this Dutch youngster

Based on early season form, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur could be forced to pay big money if they wish to sign Memphis Depay.

Since his involvement in the summer World Cup with the Netherland's national team, Memphis Depay has grown from strength to strength. After a fantastic tournament in Brazil he has started the new Eredivisie season in similarly impressive form.

Subject to intense summer speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United and Tottenham both interested, Depay made the difficult decision to sign a new contract with current club PSV Eindhoven, extending his stay at the Philips Stadion to 2018. 

Nonetheless, the 20-year-old has emerged as deadly force for the Rood-witten, with his current season record speaking for itself. He has already notched five goals in just three appearances, as he leads the division's scoring charts. He also has one assist to his name. 

Eindhoven currently sit top of the Dutch top flight table, having experienced a 100% start to the season. With four wins in four matches, last season's fourth-placed side look in good stead to challenge for the title this term, with much of this early success down to the efforts of Depay. 

Holland head coach Guus Hiddink has reserved a huge amount of praise for the youngster, suggesting he "has the potential to become Netherlands's best player."

Depay has made ten international appearances at this stage, scoring on two occasions for his nation - these two strikes both came at the summer World Cup - and based on early impressions, the 67-year-old won't be too far off with his prediction. 

Depay's recent form and his extended contract will only see his price-tag continue to soar and, unfortunately, Manchester United and Tottenham may have missed the boat in terms of securing a cheap deal for the player. PSV have a real player on their hands, and if he can help guide the club to a 22nd Eredivisie title this season, there's no telling where he will end up in the future. 

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