Journalist Luke Edwards has been speaking on the Transfer Gossip Daily podcast about how Leeds United target Cody Gakpo could move before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
It has been claimed by Edwards that a whole load of Premier League clubs are interested in the Dutch winger, including Leeds, although he may not be at the top of their list, with that spot seemingly saved for Hwang Hee-chan, as Jesse Marsch has even named him as someone he likes.
However, Andrea Radrizzani has recently liked a tweet claiming that Leeds are interested in the winger, which may suggest that he wishes to push through a deal for Gakpo, who was of interest to Manchester United not too long ago.
Edwards believes that Gakpo will indeed secure a move to the Premier League, but his destination still remains unclear.
He said: “If I’m going be honest, I think he’s probably a bit raw from the sort of scouting reports I’ve seen and the people who know their stuff about Dutch football. I don’t think he’s the finished article, so whether he was ever going to go to Manchester United, I don’t know.
“But what this has done is created a market for this player. It’s suggested that PSV are willing to let him leave. We’ve had Arsenal linked with him as well.
Should Leeds try and sign Gakpo?
“So that’s Everton, Leeds, Wolves, Arsenal and Manchester United – that’s five Premier League clubs in the space of a few weeks, that’s quite a lot. So somebody out there is trying to get a move.
“He will end up at one of those clubs, but I’m afraid I cannot tell you with any degree of certainty who it’s going to be.”
TIF Thoughts on Leeds’ interest in Gakpo…
Prior to Leeds’ midweek clash against Everton on Tuesday evening, Angus Kinnear’s programme notes caused a stir as he suggested that despite fan pressure and hope of signing another striker or attacking player, Leeds would not be risking the club and bringing one in.
However, the club’s top scorer this season, Rodrigo, went off with what looked like a rather serious shoulder injury, so that may well force the club’s hand in the final few hours of the transfer window.
Gakpo isn’t necessarily a young player that would need time to bed into the squad, as at 23, he’s already captained PSV and registered 36 goal involvements across all competitions last season, so he’s tried, tested and clearly mature for his age, having been trusted to lead the team on the pitch.