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Everton join the race for Cody Gakpo

Everton are believed to have entered the race to sign PSV Eindhoven winger, Cody Gakpo, with the Netherlands international also attracting interest from other Premier League clubs.

What’s the word?

According to the Telegraph, the Toffees – as well as Leeds United – have joined the battle to sign the 23-year-old before Thursday’s deadline, with Southampton having already seen a 25m (£21.4m) offer rejected by the Eredivisie outfit.

The report suggests that the Dutchman is valued at around 45m (£38m) by Ruud van Nistelrooy’s side, despite recent reports revealing that the valuation could be closer to £25m.

The seven-cap gem had been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United of late, although the Red Devils are believed to have cooled their interest following the recent arrival of Ajax winger, Antony.

As per the piece, his current side could well be willing to do business after failing to reach the Champions League group stage, although will only sanction a departure if his valuation is met.

A move could be concluded after the Toffees had a bid accepted for Manchester United’s James Garner on Wednesday morning.

Too good

Adding Gakpo to his ranks could well be the answer to Frank Lampard’s prayers, with the 44-year-old having likely been craving a new dynamic, attacking addition following the £60m departure of Richarlison to Tottenham Hotspur.

With rumours also swirling regarding young Anthony Gordon – whom the club are keen to keep – the Merseyside outfit are seemingly in desperate need of new recruits to help bolster the forward line, with the club still yet to record a win so far this term.

The arrival of the PSV man could well alleviate that problem, with the £27m-rated ace set to provide undoubted quality in the final third, having scored 46 goals and provided 39 assists in 143 games for his current side to date.

That haul includes a tally of 21 goals and 15 assists from the 2021/22 campaign, with that record far superior to that of any member of Lampard’s squad last term, with the aforementioned Richarlison having the led way with just 11 goals, while the Brazilian also topped the assist charts alongside Demarai Gray after contributing five in total.

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Everton's Richarlison celebrates scoring their first goal

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Dubbed “simply too good” by football talent scout Jacek Kulig, the “electric” forward – as described by journalist Josh Bunting – has also begun the new campaign in fine fettle, scoring four goals and laying on six assists in just eight games thus far.

Such form would indicate he could well be a vast improvement on the current attacking options at Goodison Park, with the only goals this season having come from Gray and Gordon – the pair netting two apiece across all fronts.

While there is perhaps a feeling that Gakpo is ‘too good’ to be joining a side that is once again threatened by relegation, he could well be the man to revive their fortunes.