Liverpool ‘send scouts’ to watch World Cup duo and transfer is ‘expected’ amid ‘growing’ interest

Liverpool target Gakpo Credit: Alamy
Liverpool target Gakpo Credit: Alamy

Liverpool have reportedly recently ‘sent scouts’ to watch Cody Gakpo but interest in the Netherlands and PSV Eindhoven attacker is ‘growing’.

Gakpo has been one of the best players in the World Cup group stages as his form has helped the Netherlands breeze through to the knockout stages of the competition.

He already has three goals at the 2022 tournament and it is expected that his performances will earn him a big move in January.

Leeds United, Man Utd and Southampton were among the clubs interested in the forward in the summer.

He was valued at around £25m at that time but his valuation has now more than doubled with PSV wanting over £50m to sell their prized asset. 

Even this feels like a reasonable price for a player who has been involved in 30 goals in just 23 games for PSV this season.

Gakpo told reporters earlier this week that he is not thinking about a potential move away from PSV.

“I’m 100% focused now on the World Cup,” Gakpo told reporters.

“It’s always nice to hear but I just focus here and do my best.”

Leeds and Southampton have little hope of signing Gakpo now but Man Utd and Liverpool appear to be in the running to secure his services.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has revealed that Liverpool have recently scouted Gakpo and Ajax forward Mohammed Kudus.

‘Liverpool have recently sent their scouts to watch Cody Gakpo whilst playing for PSV. The same has happened with Mohammed Kudus whilst playing for Ajax,’ Romano wrote for Caught Offisde.

‘This is normal interest but there is no meeting scheduled between agents and Liverpool as of today.

‘With the performances displayed at the World Cup, interest is growing for Gakpo, and Manchester United still remain in the race to sign him.’

Romano added: ‘[Gakpo’s] agents are working on a potential transfer and it’s expected that he will leave in 2023.’

Both players look likely to leave their respective clubs in January, with Kudus making a big impact at the World Cup for Ghana. It is said that as many as 12 clubs are interested in him.

Liverpool are also in the market for a midfielder and Brighton’s Moises Caicedo is one player they are being linked with.

Caicedo has also performed well at the World Cup but his Ecuador side were unable to qualify for the round of 16.

Romano has suggested that Caicedo are keen to keep the midfielder at the club until June at the earliest.

‘Moises Caicedo is not expected to leave in January. The situation hasn’t changed. Liverpool and Manchester United among other clubs are interested in signing him,’ Romano claimed.

‘He’s been on Manchester United’s list for years, but then nothing happened.

‘I’m sure Brighton will try to keep hold of him until at least June.’

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