By Sam Stone

19th Aug, 2022 | 11:10am

Leeds United: Nottingham Forest make Cody Gakpo their absolute priority

Leeds United transfer target Cody Gakpo has been made an “absolute priority” by Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest according to Footmercato.

The French news outlet reported on Thursday 18 August that Leeds and Arsenal have shown long-term interest in the 23-year-old PSV Eindhoven winger, but have both taken a step back in recent weeks.

It’s understood that the Eredivisie side are looking for £25million for the Netherlands international and that Manchester United are also interested.

Too much competition

Leeds’ interest in Gakpo goes right back to the start of the transfer window as Jesse Marsch looked to find an adequate replacement for Raphinha after the Brazilian’s move to Barcelona.

However, a move for the in-demand Dutch international does now look unlikely with the number of teams circling for his services.

Nottingham Forest have shown they’re willing to splash the cash in the Premier League after their promotion from the Championship in the 2021/22 campaign.

Manchester United may be in disarray, but they still have the financial muscle to dwarf the Whites if they moved for Gakpo.

Marsch has added to his attacking options this window, with a striker now the priority.

Gakpo is a versatile player who can play across the front line, but he isn’t the out-and-out striker that the American is potentially searching for at the moment.

Hopefully, there will be one or two further additions at Elland Road in the coming weeks as the window comes to a close.

Gakpo would be an amazing addition, but it looks a bit of a pipe dream at the moment.

In other Leeds United news, the club’s interest in a big-money attacking signing is real despite denials.