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Manchester United target Harry Kane as Memphis Depay deal is finalised

By Andy Hampson

Manchester United have formally completed the signing of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven and they will quickly set their sights on landing Tottenham's star man Harry Kane.

Depay has signed a four-year contract at Old Trafford with the option to extend it for a further 12 months and United boss Louis van Gaal hopes Kane will follow in his footsteps.

The 21-year-old winger cost United £31million but Spurs are in the mood to reject any bumper offer for their starlet.

United are in the market for a new striker after electing not to buy Radamel Falcao while Robin van Persie's future at the club remains uncertain.

Kane took the Premier League by storm last season as he scored 21 goals and was voted the PFA Young Player of the Year.

Depay was the top scorer in the Eredivisie last season, netting 22 goals in 30 games to help PSV clinch the title.

The move reunites the Holland international with his former national boss.

Depay, who was also linked with Liverpool, said: "This is a dream come true for me. To play for the biggest club in the world and also to have the chance to work with someone who I believe is the best manager in the world, Louis van Gaal.

"I have great belief in my ability and I work hard to strive to achieve my dreams.

"I have been at PSV Eindhoven since I was 12-years-old and I would like to thank them for everything. It was a great moment when we won the league and I was so happy to be part of that. This is now a new chapter in my life and one that I am looking forward to."

Depay broke into the PSV side in 2011 and went on to make 124 senior appearances for the club, scoring 50 goals in total. He has netted three times in 16 games for Holland and was part of Van Gaal's squad at the 2014 World Cup.

Van Gaal said: "I know Memphis well from our time working together with the Netherlands national team. He is a young versatile player who has the ability to play in a number of different positions.

"It will take time for Memphis to get used to the rhythm of the Premier League but I have no doubt that he has the potential to become a great footballer for this club and he is at the right club to continue the good work he has done so far."

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