By Craig Scott

31st Aug, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United and Newcastle United in last-gasp race to sign Cody Gakpo from PSV - Sky Sports journalist

Newcastle United are in the race with Leeds United to sign PSV forward Cody Gakpo, according to Sky Sports journalist Melissa Reddy.

After PSV were knocked out of the Champions League last week, the 23-year-old Netherlands international’s future has been widely speculated about with Leeds and Newcastle said to be keen.

It is understood that Southampton have also made a bid for Gakpo but it’s been rejected by PSV.

“His camp believe that’s a massive possibility considering the amount of interest in him. Southampton have had a bid rejected for him, Newcastle have been circling, there’s talk of Leeds registering an interest,” said Reddy, as shown in a clip on the Sky Sports News Twitter account on Tuesday evening (30 August).

Time to move

After Rodrigo went off with what looked like a serious shoulder injury against Everton, it’s time for Leeds to push out the boat and add to their forward line.

Sure, Patrick Bamford returned from injury to come off the bench against the Toffees while Joe Gelhardt played well in Rodrigo’s absence.

But it feels like we’re only ever a few days away from a new Bamford injury and Rodrigo’s form is bound to crash back down to earth now he’s seemingly set for a spell on the sidelines.

Gelhardt’s great but we cannot rely on an inexperienced youngster to get all the goals we need this season.

While Gakpo isn’t an out-and-out striker, he can play up front and can offer a huge amount of cutting edge to the Leeds attack.

He scored 21 goals and supplied 15 assists in 47 appearances across all competitions last season and has started off this campaign in great form with four goals and six assists in eight games.

Gakpo is on fire and Leeds would be a far better team with a player like him involved in their attack.

He’s mainly a left-sided winger but he can also play on the right, in a No 10 role or as a striker.

If he’s affordable and Andrea Radrizzani is willing to stump up the funds to sign Gakpo then let’s get him.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch would pay £25million to get this last-ditch forward signing over the line.