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PSV Eindhoven have confirmed the club-record sale of World Cup starlet Cody Gakpo to Liverpool, subject to a medical and all remaining transfer formalities. The Dutch giants have shaken hands on an undisclosed fee with the Reds and given their 23-year-old superstar permission to fly to England to undergo a medical after a deal was struck between the 2 sides on Boxing Day.

An official club statement from PSV read: “PSV and Liverpool FC have reached an agreement on the upcoming transfer of Cody Gakpo. The 23-year-old attacker will immediately leave for England where he’ll undergo the essential formalities to finish the transfer.

“Each clubs should not making any announcements in regards to the transfer fee. ‘But this can be a record transfer for PSV,’ said general manager Marcel Brands.

“The PSV management accomplished the transfer on Boxing Day and gave Gakpo permission to travel to England.”

While PSV should not commenting on a fee, it’s understood Liverpool pays an initial £37million rising to £50m with potential add-ons.

READ MORE: Virgil van Dijk agrees with Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool transfers after Aston Villa victory

Manchester United had looked on target to land Gakpo in January after the player publicly detailed his interest in a move to Old Trafford.

But now the Red Devils have been left behind by the productive Reds, who’ve stolen an unexpected march on their rivals to land Erik ten Hag’s top winter goal.

United had been plotting a move for the Holland international attacker and recently opened dialogue with Gakpo’s representatives in a bid to establish a January transfer.

Nonetheless, having did not make a proper bid, Liverpool have snuck in to quickly agree a cope with PSV for the 23-year-old hotshot.

Jurgen Klopp hinted prior to the Premier League win at Aston Villa that the club could be open to signing one other forward.

The German said: “We’ve two long-term injuries up front. Last January, Luis Diaz got here through which was very helpful for that a part of the season. Doing something similar this time? If it was a positive move, why not?”

Diogo Jota is now expected to be sidelined until February after picking up a calf injury within the 1-0 win over Manchester City at Anfield two months ago.

Luis Diaz also suffered fresh damage to his knee in an unexpected injury setback during Liverpool’s mid-season trip to Dubai.

The Colombian international shouldn’t be expected to return to the sphere until March, meaning Liverpool were in need of some extra attacking firepower.

Gakpo was said to be a goal for the summer transfer window but Liverpool have now moved their transfer plans forward to see off interest from fellow rivals.

Once all of Liverpool’s forwards are fit, they are going to have six big names battling it out for places at Anfield.

Mohamed Salah stays a mainstay but Darwin Nunez can also be starting to warm to the Premier League.

Roberto Firmino stays a favorite at Anfield – despite his expiring contract – while Jota and Diaz are also considered regulars for the Reds.

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