Leeds United are turning their attention to PSV’s Cody Gakpo after a £17million bid for Hwang Hee-chan was rejected by Wolves, according to iNews.
The news outlet reported on Wednesday (31 August) that Jesse Marsch has predicted an “industrious final few hours” of the summer transfer window and a move has already been made for South Korea forward Hwang.
It is understood that in light of that rejected bid for the 26-year-old, Leeds “are looking at other options” and 23-year-old Netherlands international Gakpo is “on their list”.
iNews claims there’s a feeling at Elland Road that Marsch remains short of a striker with Rodrigo’s shoulder injury against Everton on Tuesday night (30 August) emphasising that concern.
Sky Sports News journalist Alan Myers has mooted some competition for Leeds to sign Gakpo though, saying that “Southampton and Leeds both trying to sign” the Dutch ace.
If Leeds can sign Gakpo, he’ll be one of the signings of the summer.
Not just at Elland Road or in the Premier League – but in the whole of European football.
It’s hard to believe that top clubs aren’t trying to sign the Netherlands forward, who scored 21 goals and supplied 15 assists in 47 appearances for PSV last term while starting this new campaign with four goals and six assists in eight games.
Football performance analysts EBL waxed lyrical about Gakpo back in July, saying that he’s “explosive, lightening quick, an outlet, and a phenomenal ball striker”, adding “he’s one of the most talented forwards on the market with clear potential to be world class”.
It’s as high praise as you can get from the specialised podcast, which takes deep dives into the tactical and statistical side of the game.
Gakpo is mainly a left-winger who cuts inside but he can play as a centre-forward, which is what Leeds really need before the transfer window closes.
Although Joe Gelhardt looked good off the bench against Everton and Patrick Bamford returned to action following yet another injury, Rodrigo looks like he could be out for some time with a serious shoulder issue.
And you’re only ever a few weeks away from yet another Bamford setback with it unclear how the England international will perform upon his return to the starting line-up after so long out.
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