Koeman explains what he was told when Southampton targeted Memphis Depay

Ronald Koeman wanted to sign Memphis Depay in 2014.

Ronald Koeman says that he tried to sign Memphis Depay in 2014 - but was told the winger wanted a bigger move, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.

Koeman has worked wonders at Southampton, and much of his success has come from players who featured in Dutch football, such as Toby Alderweireld, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle, whilst Jordy Clasie, Maarten Stekelenburg, Virgil van Dijk and Cuco Martina are also in the ranks at St. Mary's Stadium having thrived in the Netherlands.

Now, Koeman has opened up about how they could have had another to add to that contingent in former PSV Eindhoven star Memphis Depay.

The Dutch international winger left PSV over the summer in order to join Manchester United, and whilst he arrived with a huge reputation, the 21-year-old has struggled to live up to his billing so far.

It could have been so different for Depay though, as Koeman has now admitted that he wanted to sign him in 2014, but was told Depay wanted to wait a year and join a club - which he did - as quoted by the Daily Mirror.

"It is true, we were interested in Memphis Depay last year but we heard from his management that he wanted to stay one more year in Holland (at PSV) and then take the opportunity to play for a foreign club," said Koeman.

"I think Memphis Depay, now at the moment, has a difficult time but that's normal because he is 21 and of course maybe the step to Manchester United in all aspects is a difficult one and he needs more time. If one day he will be on the market, I'm interested yes but I don't think so because I believe in that player. It is a difficult time but (he is) still young. He has to improve a lot and he will go through all these difficult moments," he added.

Koeman hinted at a future move for Depay if his Old Trafford career doesn't turn around, but there is a wide belief that he will eventually reach his potential under Louis van Gaal.

Whilst he would have been a huge coup for the Saints, many fans will believe that they actually got the better player by signing Sadio Mane from Red Bull Salzburg instead, who has been simply electric ever since joining Southampton over a year ago.

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