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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag warned not to sign Cody Gakpo

Rory O'Callaghan

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag warned not to sign Cody Gakpo

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has urged Manchester United to sign Harry Kane instead of Cody Gakpo.

PSV forward Gakpo is being strongly linked with a move to the Premier League after lighting up the World Cup in Qatar.

Gakpo scored in all three of the Netherlands' group matches and is currently the joint-top scorer in the tournament.

Several English clubs, including United, Liverpool and Arsenal, are thought to be considering a move for Gakpo in the January transfer window.

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United boss Erik ten Hag held talks with Gakpo in the summer transfer window and the Red Devils are said to remain interested in 23-year-old.

While Gakpo was reportedly available for around £25m in the summer, his transfer valuation has since skyrocketed as a result of his impressive performances in Qatar.

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Foot Mercato claim PSV have increased their asking price to €60m (£51.6m) based on his current form at the World Cup.

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Eriksson: United should sign Kane, not Gakpo

Former England boss Eriksson believes United should save their money and focus instead on signing Tottenham striker Kane.

"Gakpo would be very good for the Premier League and I'm certain he wouldn't need that much time to adapt to the Premier League. The thing is that many clubs will have been watching him thirty or forty times," Eriksson told Betway.

"[Cristiano] Ronaldo has gone now and Manchester United need an out-and-out number nine and Harry Kane seems the perfect fit.

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“Kane could be impossible but they have to get something similar. Right now I don't think Gakpo is the profile they need."

Gakpo recently responded to the rumours around his club future, insisting his only focus right now is on the ongoing World Cup – with the Netherlands facing the United States in their round of 16 clash on Saturday.

"I'm focused now on the World Cup. It’s always nice to hear but I just focus here and do my best," said Gakpo.

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"I don't get shy about the rumours. It's nice things that people write, but I'm not too concerned with that.

"I'm not surprised. I know what I'm capable of but it's always a challenge to reach your highest level possible and I think I'm not there yet. I think I can improve in a lot of things.

"It's a team sport, it's not about one person. I prefer it to be about the team. Right now I'm busy with the Dutch team.

"I'll see what happens in the winter. In soccer, anything is possible."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Harry Kane, Cody Gakpo, Football, Premier League, Manchester United, Sven-Goran Eriksson, Transfers

Rory O'Callaghan
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