By Saikat Mandal

4th Dec, 2022 | 3:40pm

BBC journalist rages as video clip of Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch emerges on Twitter

BBC journalist Lewis Deighton has vented his anger on Twitter after hearing that Leeds United missed the chance to sign Cody Gakpo in the summer by a whisker.

Jesse Marsch revealed on the Men in Blazers podcast [2 December] that the Whites were agonizingly close to signing the PSV Eindhoven attacker after Victor Orta made a great effort to bring him to Elland Road.

The Whites boss admitted that the Yorkshire club were 99.9% done on a deal with PSV, but the player decided not to join. Orta told The Telegraph [22 September] that he respected the player’s decision.

“This seriously boils my blood,” wrote Deighton on Twitter while commenting on the video clip shared by Men in Blazers.

No chance

The exciting attacker has been in sensational form this season. He has scored three goals for the Dutch national team in the World Cup and is likely to be a player in demand in the January window. 

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Gakpo has scored 15 goals and provided 14 assists for PSV in all competitions so far, and he has no shortage of admirers. 

Calciomercato reported on 13 November that the Whites made a £43.7m bid for the striker who is all set to leave Holland sooner or later. 

PSV are ready to sell him in January, as reported by 90min [17 November], with Leeds being mentioned as one of his potential suitors. 

However, with clubs like Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal also in the race, it looks really difficult for Leeds to lure him to Elland Road in January or next summer. 

The Whites need to forget about Gakpo and look for options elsewhere. They signed Wilfried Gnonto in the summer, but there’s no doubt that the club needs further reinforcement in their forward department.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are aiming to get this “human wrecking ball” out of Elland Road in January.