£20m Tottenham summer target ruled out till mid-November with serious injury

PSV Eindhoven

Memphis Depay may not have been a missed opportunity just yet.

Tottenham Hotspur were heavily linked with a move for PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay throughout the summer - with reports of a £20 million bid emerging.

The flying winger had shone at the World Cup this summer and Tottenham were not the only team keen on his services - with Manchester United also mentioned.

However PSV went on to tell Sky Sports that there had been 'no contact whatsoever' from Tottenham and that they 'expect Memphis to stay' at PSV. They also confirmed they had no interest in Nacer Chadli - who had been touted as a potential exchange player in any deal.

In the end Tottenham did not get their man. Depay in fact signed a new deal with the Eredivisie outfit - keeping him at the Philips Stadion until 2018.

Dubbed the 'Dutch Ronaldo' Depay was rightly one of Europe's most wanted men and he has been in tremendous form this season - bagging eight goals in eight games for the Dutch outfit.

However PSV will now have to get by without him.

It was confirmed yesterday that an injury suffered by Depay 18 minutes into PSV's 3-1 loss at PEC Zwolle at the weekend has turned out to be rather serious.

The 20-year-old has been ruled out for a whopping eight weeks with a serious groin tear injury - meaning he is not likely to play again until mid-November at the earliest.

PSV boss Phillipp Cocu has said of his absence:

"Memphis is an excellent player with specific qualities. But the loss of one player should never be disastrous for a whole team."

Of course this is not suggesting Tottenham dodged a bullet. Depay is still a fine asset they would have been happy to have, even if they had to nurse him through an injury every now and again.

But there is no doubt that Tottenham will be glad they didn't splash out £20 million on him this summer.

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