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Joe Cole predicts fierce battle for Netherlands star in January transfer window

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By Martin Graham | 1st Dec 2022

Joe Cole has predicted a serious transfer battle for £80 million rated Dutch forward, Cody Gakpo, who is currently plying his trade at PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Joe Cole was commentating for ITV on the Netherlands vs Qatar game where Gakpo scored his third goal of the tournament when he made those comments.

Gakpo started the season on a strong note after his amazing performance in the 2021/22 season. He has taken that form to Qatar and is proving to be a strong contender the player of the tournament thus far.

His three goals have helped the Netherlands tip their group and qualify for the round of 16, where they will face USA. But while he is focused on making the most of his first World Cup appearance, there is an ongoing transfer battle between a number of clubs.

After sounding him out following his breakthrough 2021/22 season, Arsenal, Manchester United and a few other clubs have started making contacts to secure his signature in January.

Cole said after the game: “He has [put his name out there].

“I know there have been scouts watching him, he has come to the tournament and he is fearless. Great movement for the goal and fantastic finishing. He is going to be on everyone’s wish list.”

Asked if he would pay £80 million for the forward, he responded in the affirmative. “I would, 100 percent,” he answered.

“Because he’s young, we know there is value in youth, if he doesn’t quite work out you are going to cut your losses elsewhere but he looks like the real deal.

“I know it’s Qatar, I know it’s not one of the strongest nations but against Ecuador he scored, against Senegal he scored, he is affects the game and players who affect the game, that is where the value is.

“I really like him, I have liked what I have seen at PSV and I am pretty sure there will be some offers on the door at PSV in January.”

Liverpool are the only big club who have not been reported to hold an interest in Gakpo, even though he would suit Jürgen Klopp’s style of play. Former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel spoke to The Athletic and expressed hopes that his old club would go for his young compatriot.

“As a Liverpool fan, I would tell him to go to Liverpool if they make an approach,” Babel said. “Arsenal would also be an incredible team for him, with the current manager and the project that they’re building. He has to follow his heart.”

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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