Ronald Koeman discloses how close Southampton came to signing Depay

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Southampton attempted to sign Memphis Depay, who has since moved to Manchester United, from PSV last summer, Ronald Koeman has revealed.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has, at a press conference covered by the club's YouTube channel, revealed that he tried to sign Memphis Depay last summer, but was unable to do so at the time.

The Saints identified Depay as a player they would have liked to add to their group, after seeing his talents at PSV, but the winger decided that the time was not right to move from his homeland. 

As a result, he spent one more season in the Eredivisie before moving to the Premier League, and Koeman admits that he would have welcomed the opportunity to work with the Dutch international.

"Not close, because at that time the player decided to stay in Holland," Koeman said, when asked how close he was to signing Depay. "It wouldn't have happened. But, yes, I would have liked to have had him here!"

Since Southampton missed out on Depay, the winger has moved to Manchester United and Koeman will now be tasked with finding a way to stop him, with Southampton due to take on the Red Devils on Sunday. 

The 21-year-old has made a bright start to his career at Old Trafford, but he is yet to open his goalscoring account in the Premier League.

Southampton have proved to be a tough nut to crack this season, and they go into the game against Louis van Gaal's side having kept three clean sheets in their last three league matches. 

It has been up front where their problems have been more evident, though, and Koeman will be hoping that his side can show their attacking threat at the weekend. 

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