Everton director Marcel Brands has hinted at a January move for Manchester United cast-off Donny van de Beek.

In the past week, Donny van de Beek was in the news concerning speculation regarding his future and a lack of game time. The Dutchman was seen throwing a tantrum from the bench during Manchester United’s midweek Champions League clash with Villarreal, where he was an unused substitute.

The Dutch midfielder has found life difficult at the club, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemingly overlooking him at every given opportunity. The manager did address his antics off the bench, suggesting his team does not need sulkers or players who bring negativity in the dressing room.

Pundits are taking a cue from his behaviour, suggesting he leaves the club to resurrect his career and so on. The problem with van de Beek is the presence of multiple players ahead of him in the pecking order. While Solskjaer has those players at his disposal, the club seemingly blocked a late move to Everton in the summer window.

The Merseysiders are clearly a fan of the Dutchman and going by their Technical Director, Marcel Brands’ comments, they might go back with an offer in January. Everton could certainly do with a player of van de Beek’s quality as they become more of an engaging side under Rafael Benitez.

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Brands spoke about Everton’s failed move in the summer and shed some light on what might happen in January with their interest. Goal.com posted some of the technical directors comments while speaking to NOS. Brands started by speaking on their failed move, commenting, “We had him on our list. At the beginning of the transfer window, we enquired at United, then it was impossible.

“At the end of the window, I received a call from Guido Albers, his agent, that he might be rented out after all. But at the last minute, it was cancelled. Stopped again.”

Brands then outlined what might happen with their interest, hinting at a move for the Dutchman in the January window.

He continued, “You always depend on whether a club wants to cooperate. And it is early October, so much can still happen with injuries. United are playing on various fronts; it’s hard to say now. It is, of course, a pity for Donny. He is a very good player, no doubt about it.

“Such a boy wants to play and wants to return to the Dutch national team. But you know that at such a club the pressure is great and the competition is huge. When you see what United had sitting on the bench [against Everton at the weekend]: Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba…”

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