By Craig Scott

2nd Sep, 2022 | 7:10am

Leeds United will make a new move to sign Cody Gakpo from PSV in the January transfer window, according to Fabrizio Romano.

Victor Orta flew into the Netherlands on Wednesday night (31 August) to hold talks about signing the 23-year-old Netherlands forward but returned home empty-handed early on deadline day (1 September).

Gakpo has stayed put at PSV – for now – but Guardian journalist Romano reported on Twitter on Thursday that he’s been told Leeds “are determined to try again in January” for the Eredivise goal machine.

Romano added that Leeds had agreed a deal with Gakpo himself and offered a higher bid than Southampton before it was rejected by PSV.

Frustrating

It’s unbelievable that Leeds left it that late in the transfer window to make a proper move for Gakpo.

PSV were always going to play hardball over the best player in the Eredivisie so why Orta wasn’t in Eindhoven a lot sooner is absolutely baffling.

Gakpo has been described as a “phenomenal ball striker” and an “explosive, lightning quick” forward by football analysis podcast EBL.

He’d have been amazing for us.

Last week, PSV were knocked out of the Champions League and we should have been over there making bids and discussing terms straight after that.

Instead, Orta waited until Wednesday night when Gakpo scored a hat-trick in front of his home fans while wearing the captain’s armband.

The odds were always going to be stacked against him but if he had at least made a move sooner, he wouldn’t have then had such a frantic rush to look at alternatives.

Bamba Dieng and Hwang Hee-chan didn’t come and then we were left with signing 18-year-old Italy international Wilfried Gnonto from Zurich.

We’re not knocking the kid but Jesse Marsch said not very long ago that he’s not yet ready for the Premier League.

Leeds’ business in January has always been limited but whether that was a Marcelo Bielsa-forced thing or not won’t be clear until the turn of the new year.

If we get Gakpo in January, there will be a lot of forgiveness from our part.

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