Leeds United have continued to speak with the advisors of Cody Gakpo in recent months, but the Daily Mirror suggests that he is more likely to join either Arsenal or Newcastle.

The Dutchman is surely going to be on the move in the January transfer window. He has enjoyed an outstanding campaign with PSV Eindhoven, scoring 13 goals and contributing 17 assists.

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He took that form to the World Cup, scoring in each of the Netherlands’ three group games. And he now has several European heavyweights chasing his signature.

Leeds have continued to speak with advisors of Cody Gakpo in recent months

The Daily Mirror reports that a move to either Manchester United, Real Madrid, Arsenal or Newcastle is most likely for the £50 million-rated forward.

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Meanwhile, the Mirror adds – agonisingly, it must be said – that Leeds have continued to speak to his advisors in recent months.

Of course, the Whites made a big play for Gakpo on the final day of the summer window. Ultimately, that move stalled.

We should stop torturing ourselves at this point, shouldn’t we? Signing Gakpo would not only see Leeds break their transfer record, it would obliterate it.

Had Gakpo been keen to move to Elland Road, he would have probably made sure the deal happened in the summer. And his stock has risen considerably since then.

Of course, Leeds can offer him the clearest path to the first-team. But Arsenal are top of the Premier League. Newcastle have the funds to reach that level. And moving to Old Trafford would see Gakpo link up with Erik ten Hag. Meanwhile, Real Madrid are the current champions of both Spain and Europe.

Obviously Leeds should not shut the door while there is the smallest chance of a deal. Gakpo is a ‘fantastic‘ talent with most of Europe’s elite seemingly chasing him.

But after a summer in which our pursuit of Charles De Ketelaere seemingly cost us, Victor Orta cannot spend too long – if he is even still in contact with Gakpo’s people – focusing on a bid for Gakpo.

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