Southampton emerge as second favourites to sign Manchester United winger Memphis Depay

Southampton manager Claude Puel

Depay has been strongly linked with a move to Everton, but Southampton could rival their former boss Ronald Koeman for the Dutchman's signature.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes has installed Southampton as 6/1 second favourites to sign Manchester United winger Memphis Depay in January.

Everton have been strongly linked with a move for Depay, and with odds of 1/2 a transfer to Goodison Park continues to look the most likely outcome.

Manchester United's Memphis Depay in action with Fenerbahce's Alper PotukManchester United's Memphis Depay

Southampton's high placing is certainly intriguing, however, given they have not yet been mentioned as a leading contender in the race for the Dutchman's services.

Former Southampton boss Ronald Koeman previously admitted an interest in signing Depay ahead of the 22-year-old's move to Old Trafford in 2015.

And were the Saints to muscle in on Koeman's pursuit, it could be viewed as payback for the 53-year-old's decision to quit St. Mary's for Everton in the summer.

Everton manager Ronald KoemanEverton manager Ronald Koeman

Depay, whose Manchester United teammate and former Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is also expected to join Everton next month, was the top scorer in Holland two seasons ago but has found the net just seven times in 56 Red Devils appearances.

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