Liverpool have announced the signing of PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo on a five-and-a-half year contract.
The fee for the Netherlands international is understood to be an initial £37 million potentially rising to £44 million with add-ons.
Sporting director Julian Ward finalised the deal on Boxing Day following three days of talks with PSV director of football Marcel Brands and Gakpo was given the green light to fly to the UK to undergo a medical.
Gakpo will wear the No 18 shirt for Liverpool, which was worn by Takumi Minamino prior to last summer.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Gakpo said: “I feel really good, I’m really excited to be here. I’m looking forward to start training and start playing for this amazing club.
“I think this is a great club for me to come in and try to show what I can (do) and try to help the team to achieve more beautiful moments that they already did in the past years.
“I think for me personally it’s also good to develop here and there’s a lot of great players here (who) I can learn a lot of things from.”
Gakpo, who has scored nine goals and contributed 12 assists in 14 Eredivisie games so far this season, enhanced his growing reputation at the World Cup, where he netted three times in five appearances.
Manager Jurgen Klopp added: “It really is great news for us that we have been able to do it and I have to say it has been a fantastic job by everyone involved, especially Julian (Ward).
“The work that has gone into this has been really impressive and in the end we have managed to sign a player who we have known about for quite some time and who we believe will have a really bright future with us.
“There is a lot to like about Cody. He is still only 23 years old but he already has a lot of experience.
“He was the captain of PSV, he was the player of the year in Holland last season and, as a lot of people have just seen, he also had a great World Cup with his national team.
“So, it is clear that he is already a really, really good player but his age also means he also has the potential to become even better.
“Offensively, he is very versatile and on top of this we know he is a smart footballer and also a smart person, so we are really excited to be able to work with him.”
Injuries to Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz – coupled with interest from rival clubs such as Manchester United and PSV’s willingness to sell – led to Liverpool deciding to make their move.
Klopp is a long-term admirer of Gakpo, who can play anywhere across the frontline, and the manager believed the club needed to bolster their attacking options in January in order to boost their pursuit of Champions League qualification.
A number of options were considered but Gakpo’s profile, the potential for a deal to be done quickly and the fact that the fee wasn’t inflated by the World Cup contributed to him being the No 1 target.
Gakpo only returned to training at PSV last Thursday after going on holiday following the tournament in Qatar. As a result, it’s more likely he will make his debut against Wolves in the FA Cup on January 7 rather than against Brentford in the Premier League on January 2.
What Cody Gakpo will bring to Liverpool: Speed, versatility and instinctive finishing
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