Cody Gakpo shares his plan for January amid Leeds United transfer interest
Cody Gakpo has admitted that he is likely to stay at PSV Eindhoven for the rest of the season, despite strong interest from Leeds for a January transfer.
The Dutch winger was on the verge of a move to Elland Road on deadline day in the summer before performing a u-turn and opting to stay with his current side instead, citing the World Cup as a reason for the decision.
Victor Orta admitted at the time the club would continue to push for a deal in January, but in an interview with The Times [19 October], Gakpo suggested that he would prefer to stay at PSV after the World Cup too and re-evaluate next summer.
“It’s eight games left until the World Cup so I want to get in the squad,” he said.
“After that anything can happen but it would probably be better to finish this season now where I started.”
When the deal didn’t get done in the summer, many people believed that the Whites had missed their chance of getting one of the hottest young attacking talents on the continent.
But with Orta confident of pursuing a deal while the window was closed, and the fact that he was seemingly open to a move previously, there was hope it could be done.
Gakpo’s words now though seem as though he has his eyes set on bigger things than Elland Road, and that could mean waiting until the summer to get a move to one of Europe’s elite clubs.
He has hit 13 goals and registered 11 assists in 17 games so far this season for the Dutch outfit, showing he has far outgrown the league, and a switch to the Premier League would be ideal for him to develop.
But unfortunately it seems highly unlikely now that he’ll be rolling up in the famous white of Leeds, and the board and Jesse Marsch will have to take a look elsewhere to bolster their attacking options.
In other Leeds news, another USA international has been linked with a winter move to Elland Road