Newcastle United are reportedly eyeing further additions in the January window in their bid to maintain their rampant start to the campaign, with a winger seemingly one position that may well be prioritised by manager Eddie Howe.
One man who could well be an ideal option is that of PSV Eindhoven starlet Cody Gakpo, with the Tynesiders having been named as one of the clubs who were interested in his services over the summer.
The 23-year-old – who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United of late – is “expected to leave” the Eredivisie outfit in 2023, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano, with a fee of around €50m (£43m) having been mooted as a possible asking price.
The Netherlands international has become hot property amid his scintillating form at club level in recent times, with the “special” talent, as described by Romano, having scored 13 goals and registered 17 assists in just 24 games in all competitions so far this season.
Such an impact has not been an anomaly, however, with the 6-foot-4 starlet having scored 21 goals and laid on 15 assists in 47 games across all fronts last term, while his total tally for the club now stands at 55 goals and 50 assists in 159 games.
That rampant form has now been translated onto the international stage, with Gakpo having been simply “flying” for his country at the World Cup in Qatar, in the words of Romano, after netting three times in his opening three games at the tournament.
That haul has ensured that the forward now has five goals in only 11 appearances for his country and is currently the joint-highest scorer in the competition thus far, having scored a goal apiece in each of Oranje’s group games to secure their place in the knockout stages.
Dubbed a “real talent” by compatriot Nigel de Jong, the towering marksman notably lashed in a stunning strike in the draw with Ecuador in the second group game, having looked like a player who simply can’t be stopped at present.
Not only lethal in front of goal, it has been the forward’s all-round performance that has also been particularly eye-catching, with Gakpo having also been a real creative threat after averaging 1.7 key passes per game in the tournament so far, while also putting in a shift defensively after averaging 1.3 tackles per 90.
That outstanding form thus far – which has seen the player record an average match rating of 7.57, as per Sofascore – must surely have caught the attention of those back at St James’ Park, with such an addition likely to be one that can give Howe’s men a real boost in the quest for Champions League qualification.