By Pranav Shahaney

3rd Jul, 2022 | 2:10pm

Journalist shares if Leeds United open talks to sign PSV attacker Cody Gakpo

Leeds United have reportedly not opened talks to sign PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo as they have with other transfer targets.

According to Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth, the Whites cannot completely be ruled out at this stage but there’s nothing advanced.

He would also be an extremely expensive acquisition which could be why Leeds are not actively pursuing the 23-year-old’s services.

Smyth wrote, “You can see why Leeds would be interested. He’s also very expensive, perhaps prohibitively so given there are three positions in which Leeds want to recruit. Unlike Mohamed Camara, Tyler Adams or Charles De Ketelaere, he is not one the club have confirmed they’re in talks with but that doesn’t mean you can rule it out completely. If it happened it would be a serious coup.”

Steer clear

Leeds cannot afford to spend a huge chunk of their transfer budget on one player, no matter how good he is.

If they do, he would also demand high wages and would affect the dynamics of the dressing room and the club’s wage structure.

It could lead to players like Illan Meslier and Jack Harrison demanding higher wages too and they could then hold the club to ransom.

Whether or not Gakpo would fancy a move to Elland Road also remains to be seen.

Victor Orta needs to sign a player like Raphinha, who was not too well known before moving to Leeds and thus did not cost a giant fee.

Hopefully, he has been busy over the last few days looking at options because signing a winger this month is imperative and he must act quickly.

In other Leeds United news, the club have now opened talks with an ‘Incredible’ title-winning central midfielder to replace Kalvin Phillips.