By Craig Scott

1st Sep, 2022 | 6:40am

Leeds United now in pole position to sign Cody Gakpo in deadline-busting swoop - Fabrizio Romano

Leeds United are winning the race to sign PSV forward Cody Gakpo before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday night, according to Fabrizio Romano.

The Guardian journalist reported via his personal Twitter account late on Wednesday (31 August) that PSV are yet to accept a bid from Southampton for the 23-year-old Netherlands international.

It is understood that Leeds are “pushing” to get the deal done before 11pm on 1 September and are “trying to tempt Gakpo despite” a proposal from Southampton.

Mouthwatering

Leeds fans are set for what is bound to be a gripping and frustrating transfer deadline day on Thursday.

When you read about this news first thing when you wake up, it’s easy to get excited about the day that lies ahead but in truth, any deal for Gakpo is a complicated one.

Firstly, Eindhovens Dagblad journalist Rik Elfrink reports it would take over £34.5million to lure Gakpo away from PSV, who he scored a hat-trick for on Wednesday night as they beat Volendam 7-1 in the Eredivisie.

Secondly, Leeds don’t have that money to spend with The Athletic journalist David Ornstein reporting on The Athletic Football Podcast on Tuesday (30 August) that “there is no finance available now to do further incoming business”.

In order for Leeds to complete late deals, they’ll either need investment from Andrea Radrizzani and the 49ers or they’ll need to raise funds by the way of player sales.

Daniel James has been strongly linked with a move away from Elland Road in recent days but we doubt he’ll fetch the funds that the Whites are looking for in order to sign Gakpo.

Jack Harrison, however, would.

It’s going to be a long day but it’s not going to be a long enough day for the likes of Victor Orta, who’ll no doubt be working around the clock to get a deal done for Gakpo.

Give him what he needs, Radz.

In other Leeds United news, we’ve been exclusively told how a Radrizzani agreement is blocking the 49ers from investing in the club.