By Craig Scott

14th Sep, 2022 | 5:40pm

Cody Gakpo can be Leeds United smash-hit as Andrea Radrizzani obsesses over signing him

Cody Gakpo hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down his stunning start to the season after a failed move to Leeds United in the January transfer window.

Victor Orta jetted out to the Netherlands ahead of transfer deadline day in the hope of striking an agreement to sign the 23-year-old forward from PSV.

Unfortunately, Leeds’ director of football returned to England empty-handed and that led to a panicked deadline day where FC Zurich youngster Wilfried Gnonto was brought in and Daniel James was sent out on loan to Fulham.

It was a poor end to what had been a good summer for Leeds.

Signing Gakpo would have made it a superb summer with the PSV forward not on nine goals for the season in 12 appearances across all competitions while he’s also supplied six assists.

Gakpo was on the scoresheet on Sunday (11 September) as he bagged the only goal of the game in PSV’s 1-0 win over RKC Waalwijk in the Eredivisie.

It’s a good job he’s keeping up that form too because although Leeds failed to sign the Dutch ace in the summer, there’s still a hope that he could be on his way to Elland Road in January.

Fabrizio Romano said on his YouTube channel on 4 September that the Whites will have another attempt at signing the PSV star in the January transfer window with owner Andrea Radrizzani determined to strike a deal.

“Cody Gakpo is one to watch because, I’m told, Leeds in January will try again,” said Romano on 4 September on YouTube (2m21s).

“Leeds are obsessed with Cody Gakpo, the manager, the president (chairman Andrea Radrizzani), director (Victor Orta), so they will be back for Gakpo in January but it’s going to be another race.”

If Radrizzani is going to obsess over a player, we’re glad it’s Gakpo.

It doesn’t matter how much it costs, signing Gakpo should be his top priority in January.

There’s no doubt that the Dutch forward would become an instant smash-hit at Elland Road for the second half of the Premier League season and could turn a potential relegation battle into a fight for a top-half finish.

He can score goals, he can create goals, he can play out wide, he can play up front and he’s a great leader too having already worn the captain’s armband on numerous occasions with PSV.

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