By Sam Stone

31st Aug, 2022 | 6:40pm

Leeds United: Southampton hopeful of agreement to sign PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo

Southampton are “still hopeful” of an agreement to sign PSV attacker Cody Gakpo as Leeds United rival the Saints for the 23-year-old according to Sky Sports.

Sky Sports revealed on Wednesday 31 August that Southampton are willing to increase their initial £21million bid for Gakpo.

However, it’s understood that the two clubs are still £3million to £4million apart in their valuation with PSV looking for £25million.

Sky Sports has also revealed that behind the scenes at St Mary’s, the club are still hopeful of coming to an agreement with the Eredivisie side.

Leeds have been long-time admirers of Gakpo and have reignited their interest to rival the South Coast club for his signature.

Pay the money

Leeds cannot be outbid by Southampton for Gakpo’s services and at £25million he looks a bargain.

He is a regular in the Dutch national side and at 23, he will develop further in the Premier League and could be worth double his current valuation in a couple of years’ time.

PSV’s failure to qualify for the Champions League has made a move more likely and it’s crucial that Leeds don’t allow their Premier League rivals to beat them to his signature.

Southampton have enjoyed a busy window, but have largely signed untried youth talent and have yet to make a real statement signing.

The Whites are a far bigger club than Southampton in pretty much every aspect, so if Gakpo ends up at St Mary’s it will be a huge blow to Jesse Marsch.

We all know that Leeds need a striker, but Gakpo’s ability to play across the front four positions would allow the American to adjust formations easily.

Furthermore, Gakpo can play the central role and would provide a different option to the likes of Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo and Joe Gelhardt up front.

Let’s hope we hear of a Leeds United bid for Gakpo in the coming hours before the window slams shut.

In other Leeds United news, Whites player seals exit on August 31 as a European club wins the hotly-contested race for his services.