By Joe Ellis

4th Sep, 2022 | 4:10pm

Leeds United failed to make concrete Cody Gakpo offer on deadline day

Leeds United failed to make a concrete offer to sign PSV Eindhoven attacker Cody Gakpo, according to club director John De Jong.

The Whites’ director of football, Victor Orta, flew to the Netherlands on deadline day to try and push through a deal to sign the 23-year-old but returned to Yorkshire empty-handed.

The Dutch international opted to stay at PSV, where he won the Dutch Cup last season, to boost his chances of making it into Louis van Gaal’s World Cup squad.

De Jong revealed on Saturday (3 September) that Leeds failed to make an offer good enough for PSV to sell Gakpo on deadline day with little time left to bring in a replacement.

“Leeds TD (Orta) flew in and talked to Cody,” he said, as quoted by Voetbal. “We received and listened to Leeds, but in the end, no concrete offer was put on the table where we thought we should sell it now. 

“I think everyone knows that a club has to make an outgoing transfer every year. That’s in the budget. So did we, but in the end, there was not such a good offer on the table that we really considered letting him go.”

Failure

After the transfer window began so well for Leeds United with several impressive signings done and dusted before pre-season really got going, the final days of the window were a real letdown.

Gakpo was only the first deal that collapsed late on with Bamba Dieng’s own Shakespearean play Thursday’s greatest bafflement and possibly one Leeds got away with.

Eventually, Jesse Marsch had to settle for 18-year-old Wilfried Gnonto who couldn’t even make his debut against Brentford on Saturday due to the late nature of the deal.

He could turn out to be a sensation at Elland Road but Marsch needed a proper leader up top and they failed to find one that was willing to come and unless Patrick Bamford can stay fit for more than five minutes Joe Gelhardt will have to lead the line.

It was still a good window overall but you get a sense of what could have been had the final few days gone the way Orta intended.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch must resist temptation to bring back this Premier League star after previous experiences at Thorp Arch.