Leeds United’s Cody Gakpo transfer chase ends in late airport drama, Dutch reports say

Eindhovens Dagblad reporter Rik Elfrink reported this morning that Whites director of football Victor Orta had returned to Yorkshire empty-handed after a move on deadline day looked possible.

Elfrink tweeted: “Reliable reports are coming in from Eindhoven Airport that Gakpo did not board the plane to Leeds this morning. Leeds United’s TD Victor Orta is flying back to England alone. Cody Gakpo was due to take flight CL30 to Leeds Bradford with a total of 8 people this morning. But he is not on the plane. He has made the decision, according to multiple sources. He will stay with PSV in Eindhoven, according to the latest information.

Athletic have also reported that PSV have decided not to sell the Dutch winger, who has been linked with a move from Elland Road for most of the summer and also attracted a late offer from Southampton this week .

If Leeds are unable to turn the tide in their favor before the 11pm transfer deadline tonight, it will mark a fourth unsuccessful bid to bolster Jesse Marsch’s forward options. Los Blancos were in talks with Eddie Nketiah’s camp over a summer move as a free agent before he opted to sign a new contract at the Emirates and then hunted down Belgian star Charles De Ketelaere, who would have signed a club record but put his heart instead. traveling to AC Milan.

This week they made a play for South Korean Wolves striker Hwang Hee-chan, a player who has worked with Marsch twice before, but their offer was reportedly rejected.

Leeds’ need to add a striker was further underlined by Rodrigo’s shoulder injury in the midweek draw with Everton. Marsch is expected to give an update on his top scorer at today’s pre-Brentford press conference.

The club are happy with the rest of their transfer window business, having landed what CEO Angus Kinnear described as ‘90%’ of their priority targets. A number of them, including Brenden Aaronson and Tyler Adams, have already proven themselves in the Premier League and Luis Sinisterra made his first decisive impact with a sublime goal against Everton.

STAYING STAY – Reports in the Netherlands and the UK say PSV will keep Cody Gakpo, despite a late bid by Leeds United to bring him to Elland Road. Photo: Getty