By Craig Scott

1st Sep, 2022 | 10:40am

Leeds United deal to sign Cody Gakpo off as 'bizarre' twist reported by Dutch journalist

Leeds United will not be signing Cody Gakpo from PSV on deadline day after Victor Orta failed in negotiations in the Netherlands, according to Dutch journalist Rik Elfrink.

The Eindhovens Dagblad journalist reported via his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning (1 September) that Leeds and Southampton have failed to sign the 23-year-old as he no longer wants a move away from PSV.

It is understood that Orta is now returning to the UK downbeat about what would no doubt have been a stellar deadline day addition for the Whites.

Elfrink said: “Bizarre rollercoaster for PSV, Gakpo himself and ultimately also for Southampton and Leeds United, which gets a disappointed Victor Orta back in England.

“The intended deal does indeed seem ‘off’ now, as Gakpo himself has stated, according to sources, that he does not want any more.”

Any other targets?

We get the feeling that Leeds are done for now.

They tried and failed with Charles De Ketelaere and they’ve now tried with Gakpo and the same result has occurred.

It’s unfortunate but maybe if Leeds tried to sign Gakpo before he scored a hat-trick in front of PSV’s fans on Wednesday night, this would not have happened.

It wouldn’t shock us at all if Gakpo reminded himself of why he’s playing for PSV and for their fans with that performance against Volendam, in which he also wore the captain’s armband.

He clearly loves the club but Leeds left their move so late that they allowed Gakpo to make a decision like this.

If the Whites were serious about signing him, they’d have made a move as soon as PSV were knocked out of the Champions League by Rangers last week.

He’s not a proper striker anyway and is mainly a left-winger so we’d rather Orta look at the targets he’s got who are centre-forwards now.

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