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Transfer: Arsenal join race to sign Gakpo from PSV

Arsenal are the latest Premier League club to be linked with Cody Gakpo.

The Gunners are believed to be in the market for a wide forward before the window shuts on Thursday.

And according to Sky Sports News’ Melissa Reddy, Gakpo is a player they could look at.

Reddy said: “Southampton have had a bid rejected, Newcastle have been circling, there’s talk of Leeds registering interest.

“The thing with Gakpo and the reason United were looking at him, as well as being an exciting player, is that it would be smooth business to get done – and PSV have always said they can’t hold onto their key targets if big clubs come in with good money.

“He profiles very similarly to Sadio Mane with and without the ball, the data shows he’s quite a similar mould of player. United looked at Mane in 2016 and have always been trying to find that kind of player.

“It’s not surprising a lot of Premier League clubs are looking at him. One of the other names I was told to keep an eye out for are Arsenal, who would like to enhance their offensive options.

“His people feel pretty confident given the amount of clubs looking at him. It wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if he’s unveiled at a Premier League club before Thursday.”

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