By Craig Scott

1st Sep, 2022 | 8:01am

Cody Gakpo may have said goodbye to PSV fans as Leeds United take battle to sign him to deadline day

Leeds United-linked Cody Gakpo could have said goodbye to PSV fans at the Philips Stadion on Wednesday night after he scored a hat-trick against Volendam in the Eredivisie, according to Dutch journalist Marco Timmer.

Gakpo, 23, was substituted off 63 minutes into his side’s 7-1 win, in which he wore the captain’s armband and netted three goals within the space of 26 minutes.

Voetbal International journalist Timmer claims that the most recent update on Gakpo’s future at PSV is that Leeds and Southampton are in a battle to sign him before the transfer window slams shut in the Premier League at 11pm on Thursday night (1 September).

“Should it be his last [game] for PSV for the time being, then Cody Gakpo said goodbye in style to his club in his city,” said Timmer via his personal Twitter account after PSV’s win over Volendam on Wednesday night (31 August).

“The ball as a memento goes along in his hat-trick against FC Volendam. Latest news is that Leeds and Southampton are fighting for the attacker’s signature.”

Timmer also shared a blurry image of Gakpo after the game as he applauded the PSV fans.

Coming to Leeds?

Leeds fans have been doing their work on social media and have found a private jet has left Doncaster for Eindhoven.

Is that Victor Orta on his way to the Netherlands for a last-ditch presentation with Gakpo? Or just pure coincidence?

As reported by The Square Ball, the plane is due to fly back to Leeds Bradford Airport on Thursday morning.

It remains to be seen whether Gakpo will be aboard that plane or whether it’s even anything to do with Leeds or the hotshot Dutch international, who just cannot seem to stop scoring for PSV.

Gakpo would be a huge signing for Leeds and easily one of the most exciting in the Premier League this summer.

Sure, he’s mainly a left-winger but he can play up front and his ability to score goals in the Netherlands suggests he shouldn’t have much of an issue finding the back of the net over here in England.

Leeds cannot end this transfer window without signing a striker.

And while Gakpo isn’t an out-and-out centre-forward, he’s good enough and fans will be more than happy if a deal gets done for him.

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