Wolves have reportedly joined Leeds United in the hunt for PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo.
According to Einhovens Dagblad, Wolves have been following developments around the Netherlands international for weeks.
The 23-year-old has apparently opened the door to an exit if the ‘whole picture is right’ for him.
Gakpo has been with PSV since 2007, having been born in Eindhoven.
The youngster made his first-team debut for the club back in February 2018, and is today seen as one of the hottest prospects in the Eredivisie.
Gakpo enjoyed a terrific campaign last term, scoring 21 goals and making 15 assists in 47 appearances across all competitions.
And in 2022/23 so far it has been more of the same. He’s already got four goals and six assists in just eight games.
Gakpo’s potential is huge, and it is for that reason he is very coveted at the moment.
As well as Wolves and Leeds, there has also been interest from Southampton and Manchester United.
Wolves moving for Gakpo would be hugely exciting, and any deal would perhaps hinge on someone leaving first.
That man could be Hwang Hee-chan, who has been linked with a move to Leeds United and Everton in recent days.
Adama Traore is also again being linked with Tottenham Hotspur, but his exit feels unlikely at this point.
Cody Gakpo to Wolves is unlikely, but it would be hugely exciting
This link comes fairly out of the blue. But a move doesn’t feel impossible with Hwang perhaps set to depart Molineux.
If Wanderers can secure a decent fee for the South Korean, then they will do that deal given his prolonged struggles.
But he needs replacing, and Gakpo would be an extremely exciting addition.
Football Transfers produced a feature on Gakpo earlier this month and stated: “Gakpo is in the mould of a modern winger in that he is deployed on the left but likes to cut inside on his favoured right foot.
“Using his outstanding dribbling skills and electric speed, he’ll make his way into a more central area to either get a shot away or try and set up a teammate.”
They also brought quotes from former Netherlands midfielder Theo Janssen, who said ‘that boy has everything’.
Gakpo’s numbers at PSV numbers are very encouraging. He’s got 46 goals and 39 assists in 143 games, and he is clearly someone that can make things happen.
Of course, the Premier League would be a big step up in standard from the Eredivisie.
But there is a reason so many English clubs want to sign Gakpo. If Wolves can get him in as a Hwang replacement then recruitment officials would deserve massive praise.