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Memphis Depay: Manchester United 'an absolute dream club'

PSV Eindhoven forward Memphis Depay said it will be a dream come true to sign for Manchester United and that he needed no convincing to go to Old Trafford.

Netherlands international Depay will become Louis van Gaal's first summer signing, providing he passes a medical, after United agreed a £22 million fee for the 21-year-old.

Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool had also been in the race to sign Depay, but he said he did not need to be persuaded to opt for United.

He said on the website of his agency, SEG: "It was an exciting and pretty hectic period, and to have a choice between so many top clubs doesn't make it any easier.

"For me, Manchester United is an absolute dream club, so I didn't need any convincing of the guys who already play at Manchester United. They told me only positive things, though."

Depay's Netherlands colleagues Robin van Persie and Daley Blind are already at Old Trafford while Van Gaal gave him his international debut.

"I'm looking forward to playing with my Dutch teammates next to all the other great players of Manchester United, and working with manager Louis van Gaal again is also a big bonus," said Depay, who was part of the Netherlands squad that finished third at last year's World Cup.

He said plenty of clubs were interested in him but insisted his decision was not motivated by finances, explaining: "In the end it was just a matter of feeling, not a matter of money."

Memphis Depay played alongside Robin van Persie at the 2014 World Cup.

He has helped PSV regain the Dutch title by scoring 21 league goals and added: "I've learned so much at PSV, not only on the pitch but also as a person. That makes me grateful, but I really felt it was time for me to move on.

"And you can't deny the interest of a club like Manchester United. I'm proud of winning the title with PSV. It's something the fans deserved, and something I wanted so bad as well."

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman, who was in charge at PSV when Depay was still in the youth system, said Depay had plenty of potential.

"He is a good player, a young player," Koeman said at his news conference on Thursday. "For him it is a fantastic move. I think he was ready in Holland. He was one of the best players and, to give the best, he needs a step and this is a big step for him.

"We will wait and see if the step is too big for him, but he is a great player in Holland, a fast player, and it is a very good signing for Man United.

"Last season he made the step from the junior player to a senior player. He still has to improve. It will be tough for him because the Premier League is really tough in a physical and mental way. You need good quality to show. For him, it is a great challenge to be a player of Man United."

ESPN FC correspondent Kevin Palmer contributed to this report.

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