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Everton abandon transfer pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek

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Everton have ended their pursuit of Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek and will focus on other January targets, according to reports.

Van de Beek has been a peripheral figure at Old Trafford since making the £35million move from Ajax in the summer of 2020.

The 24-year-old was strongly linked with a loan move away from the club in the last transfer window, but ended up remaining at United.

Van de Beek continued to be overlooked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, he was handed his first start under new interim boss Ralf Rangnick in the 1-1 Champions League draw with Young Boys on Wednesday.

According to ESPN, although Van de Beek is set to be given more chances to shine, his long-term future at United is still undecided.

One club that won’t be pursuing Van de Beek is Everton, with the report stating that their interest in the Netherlands international ended when Marcel Brands departed earlier this week.

The former director of football at Goodison Park is said to have been close to agreeing a loan deal for the midfielder in the summer, after which he remained a top target.

However, Everton are set to look at other January transfer targets with Brands no longer at the club.

Rangnick has guided United to a win and a draw in his first two games as United’s interim manager.

Next up for the German is a trip away to Norwich City as the Red Devils look to improve on their current league position of sixth.

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