Liverpool Finally hijack Man Utd move as they reach agreement to sign PSV star

Liverpool have hijacked Manchester United’s move for Cody Gakpo and are set to sign the PSV Eindhoven star.

Erik ten Hag had made the 23-year-old his No.1 target for the January window having come close to signing the versatile forward in the summer.

With Cristiano Ronaldo having departed and Jadon Sancho not yet ready to return to the first team fold, Ten Hag is desperate to add more firepower to a squad that currently reliant on the questionable fitness record of Anthony Martial.

But with Luis Diaz out for around three months having suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury, Liverpool are similarly short of attacking options and Jurgen Klopp is keen to address that issue decisively.

Liverpool moved swiftly 12 months ago to beat Tottenham to the signing of Diaz and, according to The Times, are set to pull of something of a repeat and snare Gakpo from one of their main rivals.

Liverpool will pay £37million up front, rising to £50m with add-ons. and the player is set to fly to England in the next 48 hours to complete the formalities of his move.

‘PSV and Liverpool have reached an agreement on the proposed transfer of Cody Gakpo,’ read a statement on the Eredivisie club’s official website. ‘The 23-year-old attacker will leave for England imminently where he will be subjected to the necessary formalities ahead of the completion of the transfer.’

‘It is wonderful how he has showcased himself. I enjoyed watching him [at the World Cup], he deserves this because of how he has behaved, how he has continued to work and perform.

‘I was able to help him from very close by and that makes me proud. I’ll give him his path when it comes.’

Securing a top four place remains the priority for Klopp and Liverpool this season following an uncharacteristically sluggish start to the campaign.

Liverpool returned to competitive action with a 3-1 win away against Aston Villa on Boxing day, after which their manager hinted at new arrivals in the coming weeks.

‘We have two long-term injuries up front,’ said Klopp.

‘Last January, Luis Diaz came in which was very helpful for that part of the season. Doing something similar this time? If it was a positive move, why not?’

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