Report: Leeds really thought Nottingham Forest were going to sign 'special' player earlier this summer
In the end, Cody Gakpo remained in Holland with PSV as a host of clubs including Leeds, Arsenal and Nottingham Forest all failed to sign him.
Manchester United had also got Gakpo on their list of potential targets but they downed tools on the deal as soon as they landed Antony from Ajax.
Of course, it’s probably not the last we’ve heard of Cody Gakpo. Another transfer window is just months away and given his potential, there is a chance he gets better and better and attracts even more attention in 2023. However, whether the clubs mentioned will still be keen remains to be seen.
Interestingly, a report from The Athletic today has claimed that there was actually a belief from Leeds United that Nottingham Forest were going to win the race for Gakpo. It’s reported how Steve Cooper’s men lodged a £21m bid for the winger, before walking away and pursuing other targets.
As we know, Victor Orta actually flew out close to the deadline to try and sign Gakpo himself for Leeds. But in the end, Orta’s efforts proved fruitless and Gakpo remained in the Netherlands. For now anyway.
TBR’s View: Gakpo Will End Up In England
There is no way you are linked with so many Premier League clubs and then don’t end up there eventually. PSV have got away with it really and they’ll simply hope Gakpo can continue his fine form and add to his value.
For the onlooking clubs like Leeds, Forest, Everton and Man United, it will be a case of keeping watch. The January window will soon be upon every club while the summer will come quicker than people think as well.
Gakpo has a chance to really show what he can do this season and PSV might well cash in massively in 2023.
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