By Pranav Shahaney

29th Aug, 2022 | 8:50am

David Ornstein: Southampton table bid for Leeds United target Cody Gakpo

Southampton have reportedly seen an opening bid rejected for Manchester United and Leeds United target Cody Gakpo.

According to the Athletic’s David Ornstein, the Saints made the most concrete approach of any club so far and even had an opening bid for the 23-year-old rejected by PSV.

Barring these three clubs, Everton are also said to be keen on signing the Netherlands international.

On August 29, Ornstein wrote, “One of the most talked-about players this summer has been Cody Gakpo, with a host of suitors linked with the PSV Eindhoven attacker. Manchester United’s interest is believed to have cooled somewhat after they agreed a deal in principle to sign Antony in a deal worth €100million (£84m, $99m).

“Everton, Leeds United and Southampton are also among those to have pursued Gakpo but it is Southampton who are thought to have made the most concrete approach so far, submitting an offer to PSV that has been turned down.”

Make a move

Leeds need to sign a striker this month and while Gakpo may be a winger cum forward, he has played centrally on numerous occasions and has been likened to Thierry Henry.

The fact that he dirfts wide could work in favour of Jesse Marsch and Leeds as this could see Rodrigo move into the number nine position and Brenden Aaronson drifting centrally to play as the 10.

Marsch likes his attackers to be fluid and versatile and signing Gakpo undoubtedly gives him that.

Charles De Ketelare was pursued extensively this summer and if he was signed, he possibly would’ve been used similarly to how Gakpo will.

If they had the money to sign the Belgian, they surely have it to sign the Dutchman and with Manchester United now likely to sign Antony, they may be out of the race for Gakpo.

Leeds are clearly in a better situation than Southampton and Everton, both in terms of structure and finances, so they should be able to attract his services ahead of them.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites could make a final push for an international striker after he was left out of his side’s matchday squad last weekend.