Ronald Koeman admitted that he was interested in bringing the winger to Everton, only for the Dutchman to move to Lyon instead.
The former Manchester United player endured a full debut to forget for Lyon just a few weeks after Everton were reportedly ready to snap him up.
Liverpool were 'beaten' to the signing of Memphis Depay by Manchester United.
Manchester United's outcast is on the verge of a January move to Lyon not long after Everton appeared to be his most likely destination.
Manchester United clearing the decks for Antoine Griezmann's potential arrival?
The Manchester United player could be heading for pastures new this month.
Everton appear to have given up trying to sign Manchester United's Memphis Depay permanently, but a deal may not be off the table entirely.
Everton are expected to be active in the January transfer window.
The Spaniard looks like he has fallen foul of Ronald Koeman's hardball approach at Goodison.