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Newcastle: Eddie Howe eyeing PSV winger Cody Gakpo

An update has emerged on Newcastle United and their interest in Cody Gakpo in the summer transfer window…

What’s the talk?

The Magpies are one of a number of teams eyeing up a deal to sign the PSV winger ahead of Thursday’s 11 pm deadline, as Eddie Howe looks to further bolster his squad.

Speaking on air, via The Sun, Sky Sports reporter Melissa Reddy said: “Southampton have had a bid rejected for him (Gakpo).

“Newcastle have been circling, there’s talk of Leeds registering interest. It’s not surprising that a lot of Premier League clubs are looking at him.

“One of the other names I was told to keep an eye out for is Arsenal, who have said they would like to enhance their offensive options.”

It has been reported that the gem will be available for a fee in the region of £38m this summer, although it remains to be seen how much the Toon are willing to pay for him.

Diaby alternative

Newcastle made Bayer Leverkusen winger Moussa Diaby their number one target to improve their wide options earlier this summer and were unable to get a deal over the line as he opted to remain in the Bundesliga

The Magpies could now land a dream alternative to the Frenchman by winning the race to sign Gakpo ahead of their Premier League rivals.

In the 2021/22 campaign, the Leverkusen man scored 13 goals and provided 12 assists in 32 outings in the German top-flight. He created 1.9 chances per game and averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.07 as he showed that he can contribute in the final third on a consistent basis.

At the age of 23, he is also a player with the potential to get better as he has many years left ahead of him to improve and develop as a winger.

Gakpo, meanwhile, produced 12 goals and 13 assists in 27 Eredivisie matches for PSV last term, averaging a SofaScore rating of 7.51 and making 2.6 key passes per game.

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Content creator Ryan Haber dubbed him “unpredictable” and former Netherlands midfielder Theo Janssen previously lauded the gem in an interview with NOS: “That boy (Gakpo) has everything.

“Fine feeling for the ball, a good through ball, dribbles and is strong between the lines.”

The Dutchman and Diaby are both 23-year-old, direct, wingers with potential who have shown, in their respective leagues, that they can score and assist goals in almost equal measure.

Therefore, bringing Gakpo in could be a dream alternative to the Leverkusen man due to their similar qualities and profiles. 

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