By Craig Scott

26th Sep, 2022 | 11:10am

Sky Sports journalist spoke to Leeds United chief Victor Orta outside Elland Road about signing Cody Gakpo

Sky Sports journalist Tim Thornton has revealed a conversation he had with Victor Orta on deadline day when Leeds United failed to sign PSV forward Cody Gakpo.

Fabrizio Romano reported on 4 September on YouTube (2m21s) that Leeds are “obsessed” with signing Gakpo, 23, and will have another try and landing the Netherlands international in the January transfer window.

After a failed move for him on 1 September, Orta was caught leaving Elland Road by Sky Sports’ Thornton and he’s now shared how the Leeds director of football feels a relationship with PSV could help any potential deal in the future.

“The Chairman said as much didn’t he,” Thornton told GiveMeSport when asked if Leeds still want to sign Gakpo.

“He tweeted on deadline day saying that they were still working on it and Victor Orta also spoke at the time.

“I had a chat with him in the early hours of the next morning after the deadline day as he was leaving Elland Road.

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“He was sort of saying that they’ve still got a good relationship with PSV and that they were still looking at that one.”

No chance

Leeds have missed their chance to sign Gakpo, unfortunately.

Well, that’s if there ever was a chance.

Gakpo has been in incredible form this season for PSV.

Although he was part of the side that failed to qualify for the Champions League, Gakpo has still scored 10 goals and supplied nine assists in 13 appearances across all competitions for PSV this season.

Also, in his last three appearances for the Netherlands, he’s scored goals against Wales and Poland and on Sunday (25 September), he assisted Virgil van Dijk’s winner against Belgium in the UEFA Nations League.

Gakpo’s on fire and has very clearly outgrown the Dutch Eredivise.

He’s also too good for Leeds, unfortunately.

We’d expect a Champions League club to sign him in January or if he makes the move to the Premier League, one of the big-six will surely come in.

Orta’s good relationship with PSV will be nothing in comparison to what they can offer.

In other Leeds United news, European newspapers were blown away by this “animalistic” Leeds player’s performance on Sunday.