PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo has remarkable stats and Premier League Newcastle United are reportedly hoping to beat Lyon to his signature.
Newcastle United are chasing explosive Dutchman Cody Gakpo, according to FootMercato, with PSV Eindhoven open to offers of £8.5 million for one of the country’s biggest talents.
They love a winger on Tyneside. David Ginola, Hatem Ben Arfa, Laurent Robert and now Allan Saint-Maximin have enthralled supporters at St James’ Park in the Premier League era and, in Gakpo, the northern giants appear to have found a young forward who shares their eye for the unexpected.
With four goals and five assists in just seven Eredivisie starts this season for PSV, the statistics speak volumes about a 20-year-old who already appears to have added end product to his game.
Compare that to Miguel Almiron who, despite three goals in the space of a few weeks, remains maddeningly erratic in the final third.
A right-footer who loves to cut inside from the left, Gakpo has a fearsome shot and, coupled with his rapid pace and supreme technical ability, comparisons can be drawn with former PSV talisman Memphis Depay.
A price tag of £8.5 million, then, understandably has suitors queuing up with Newcastle joining French giants Lyon for a Netherlands U21 star of Togolese and Ghanaian descent.
Under Mike Ashley, Newcastle have prioritised exciting young talents on whom they can make a substantial profit and Gakpo, who already appears to have a more rounded skill-set than the frustrating Saint-Maximin and Almiron, certainly ticks plenty of boxes.