Gyrano Kerk has told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that a week is a long time in football amid reported talks with Leeds United over a potential £8million move to Elland Road – with the window closing in seven days’ time.
Kerk, 24, has caught the eye of many after having a hand in 23 goals during 30 appearances in all competitions last term. Scoring 11, the winger also created 12 goals – 18 of which came in 24 Eredivisie appearances for Utrecht.
Kerk, who played alongside Mateusz Klich during the latter’s loan spell at the club in 2017-18, scored on Sunday as Utrecht produced an excellent display to beat Ado Den Haag 3-1. The Mail claim Leeds have opened talks to sign him for £8million.
The winger was asked about his future amid reported interest from Leeds and Italian sides Verona and Cagliari – and he responded by stating that he continued playing on Sunday due to his love of football.
“I think it is an exaggeration not to play now. You like football. Then you just want to play. Why would I suddenly be injured?” Kerk said, when asked why he played amid reports over his future.
“I have never played football there [England or Italy], so I don’t know what it is like. When it comes to that, I will experience it. “We’ll see what happens. A week is a long time. I stay calm. Maybe I will play against SC Heerenveen on Friday. ”
TBR’s view – Kerk could be another Orta gem
Victor Orta deserves enormous credit for his work at Elland Road. In the current side, Mateusz Klich was bought for £1.5million, Illan Meslier for £5million, Robin Koch for £13million and there are plenty more examples of bargain deals.
Kerk has only been proven in the Eredivisie. But at £8million, he is a low-risk signing – but one that boasts enormous pace, versatiliy of playing on either flank or up front, and bags of speed. He has all the potential tools to be another Orta gem.