Everton saw two loan bids for Donny van de Beek rejected by Manchester United over the summer, Toffees technical director Marcel Brands has revealed.
Van de Beek has failed to work his way into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans since completing a £35million move to United from Ajax last year, only making four Premier League starts in his debut season.
This term the Dutchman finds himself in a similar position, having only been afforded six minutes of action in their first seven league outings of the campaign.
He was also replaced at half-time during their 2-1 Champions League defeat away at Young Boys last month, before expressing his frustration at being left on the bench in their recent 2-1 win over Villarreal.
Yet, despite his lack of game time under Solskjaer Brands, who worked in Dutch football at PSV before heading to Goodison Park, claims United had no interest in sending Van de Beek out on loan in the previous transfer window.
Everton failed with two separate approaches for the Red Devils outcast, having identified him as a potential loan option for new boss Rafa Benitez.
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“We had him on our list. At the beginning of the transfer window, we enquired at United, then it was impossible,” Brands told NOC.
“At the end of the window, I received a call from Guido Albers, his agent, that he might be loaned out after all. But at the last minute it was cancelled. Stopped again.”
Van de Beek will now have less opportunities to impress after United were beaten 1-0 by West Ham in the third round of the Carabao Cup, a competition he was likely to feature prominently in as a backup member of the squad.
Solskjaer completely understands the 24-year-old's frustration, saying after their win over Villarreal: “We manage a squad full of international footballers, competitive footballers who want to make a difference, want to play, they all want to be on the pitch.
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“Donny was ready to come on. I’ve been a sub more than anyone in this club probably, must have a record appearance as a sub and you have to be ready all the time. I’ve been unhappy a few times.
“I understand the frustration. Every player is keen to play. That’s got to be built into energy and some determination for when you get on and show me. It’s not just Donny, it’s all the players.”
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