Leeds’ need for an attacker was clear well before the final week of the window, but real attempts to remedy that only seemed to materialise during the final 48 hours.
PSV star Cody Gakpo was the name that most fans were eager to see join the club, but Leeds failed and eventually had to settle just making long-term investment Willy Gnonto their only deadline day signing.
Leeds reportedly put down a €45million offer for the Holland international, with the bid turned down and Gakpo opting to remain in the Eredivisie with PSV.
That decision looks to have paid off as the 23-year-old has hit sensational form for his club with nine goals and six assists in just 12 games this season.
Dutch outlet Eindhovens Dagblad (via Sport Witness) are now reporting that PSV are seriously considering parting ways with technical director John de Jong, who was in favour of cashing in on Gakpo:
“De Jong is accused, among other things, that he lay down for the sale of Cody Gakpo at the end of the last transfer period. In addition, the sporting progress at PSV is stagnating and that can also be attributed to the technical director.”
Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has claimed the club will try again for the winger in the January window, but with PSV’s board largely unanimous on not letting him leave, it seems a move is even less likely after his start to the season.
Can you see Leeds signing Gakpo in the future?
It’s just more proof that Leeds don’t stand much of a chance to land Gakpo in January after failing this summer.
He’s destined for the top and is likely to impress during the World Cup, further increasing PSV’s asking price.
It was a brilliant idea with good ambition, but with these sorts of moves come the unsurprising development that we can’t sign them.
The club do want to push for Europe and these signings would help get us there, but not even being in Europe makes them that much harder.