Andrea Radrizzani drops Cody Gakpo transfer hint as Leeds boss Jesse Marsch sends Tottenham message over Dan James

Cody Gakpo Netherlands winger ready to take corner in front of Pride flag in Nations League game v Wales

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has made a declaration over the future of Dan James amid ongoing speculation he could be sold to Tottenham and the Whites may make a late play for Cody Gakpo.

The Whites have started the season in bright fashion, with two wins and two draws from their five games so far. That sees them sat fifth in the embryonic Premier League table ahead of the rest of the midweek games. That said, Leeds may feel that Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Everton is something of two points dropped.

And Leeds boss Marsch was less than impressed with the tactics adopted by opposite number Frank Lampard at Elland Road.

Leeds’ solid start to the new season has come around with something of a new-look side. Five of their eight summer signings so far started on Tuesday night, with Marsch very much making the side his own at Elland Road.

However, there’s a feeling that Leeds will need further investment with the club still in the hunt for a new striker. That search has seemingly intensified in the wake of Rodrigo suffering a dislocated shoulder against Everton.

As a result, Marsch has named Hwang Hee-chan as the man he wants to bring in to Elland Road.

With less than two days left in the summer window, Leeds have their work cut out, though to seal a deal.

While money isn’t really an issue, the timing of any possible deal now is.

However, one man they will reportedly listen to offers to is winger Dan James. He has started twice and come off the bench in two other games for Leeds this season.

Indeed, having missed the opener through a suspension carried over from last season, James is very much a big part of Marsch’s plans.

Tottenham warned off Dan James transfer

However, there is a feeling that Leeds could look to sacrifice the winger were a sizeable offer to come in.

The player is being strongly linked with Tottenham in the final hours of the window. Antonio Conte is looking to strengthen his squad as Spurs try to cope with the Champions League and Premier League.

And while they have plenty of attacking options already, Conte reportedly sees James as someone who can provide added depth.

To that end, Fabrizio Romano has confirmed talks have been held with Spurs, as well as another Premier League suitor.

However, Marsch does not expect the sale of James to go through. Speaking after the draw with Everton, the Leeds boss does not think there will be any major departures from Leeds before the window closes.

“I like Dan. He’s a big part of what we’re doing here, both before and since I came here,” Marsch said. “I do not anticipate big movements within the group, but we’ll have to see what happens.”

Andrea Radrizzani drops Cody Gakpo transfer hint

However, perhaps Leeds would sacrifice James were they able to land an improvement in his place.

As such, Leeds are once again being linked with a late window approach for PSV winger Cody Gakpo.

The PSV star is the reigning Eredivisie Player of the Year and of big interest to several Premier League sides.

He was linked with Leeds at the start of the summer, though their interest faded once Luis Sinisterra signed on.

Gakpo, though, remains at PSV for now. However, he’s likely to be the subject of much interest in the final hours of the window.

Indeed, the Daily Telegraph name Leeds and Southampton as two clubs in the running to sign Gakpo.

Responding to a tweet about Leeds’ apparent interest, the club’s chairman Andrea Radrizzani ‘liked’ a tweet on Twitter over their apparent interest.

While that may be something of a smokescreen, there is little doubt that Radrizzani’s activity on social media will give Leeds fans reason to be excited in the final hours of the window.

The PSV star is valued at up to £40m by PSV. The 23-year-old scored 21 goals, weighing in with 13 assists last season. That means he boasted an impressive goal involvement every 1.3 matches.