'Haven't given up': Leeds United are still trying to sign 'special' player, they could bid again in January - journalist
Deadline day may have only just passed, but Leeds United are already looking towards the January transfer window.
Leeds were looking to add one more attacker to their squad in the final hours on the window.
In the end, 18-year-old Wilfried Gnonto joined from FC Zurich.
Andrea Radrizzani believed that Marseille forward Bamba Dieng was also on his way to Elland Road.
However, one of the most exciting stories of deadline day ended it disappointment for Leeds and Dieng.
The Senegalese international chose Nice over Leeds at the last second, only to fail a medical.
Leeds are unlikely to go back in for Dieng, but do still want another of their late transfer targets.
Leeds still trying to sign Gakpo
Speaking to Give Me Sport, Jones said: “They haven’t given up on it (signing Gakpo).
“But it’ll be difficult to sign him in January because he’s got his own ideas on how his career is going to shape up from here.
“Will he want to move midway through a season?
“And if he does, there’ll be other clubs in the mix to sign him.”
It could be difficult for Leeds to convince Gakpo to move to Elland Road in January.
Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has reportedly warned Gakpo against a move to the Premier League.
Gakpo’s club PSV Eindhoven also start their Europa League campaign this week.
If the Dutch side are still in Europe when January rolls around, it might be tough to lure Gakpo away.
If the ‘special’ 23-year-old performs well in the next few months, Leeds could also end up competing with larger clubs for Gakpo’s signature.
Leeds could still try to sign Gakpo regardless of this, but the bargaining power will certainly be with the player.
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