‘Wouldn’t tell you’ – Erik ten Hag makes Manchester United transfer admission as Liverpool approach Cody Gakpo

Liverpool are close to finalizing a deal to sign Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven who has been heavily linked with Manchester United

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has opened the club’s search for a new forward after losing Cody Gakpo to Liverpool.

The Reds are in advanced talks to sign striker PSV Eindhoven ahead of the January transfer window. ECHO understands that Liverpool will pay an initial fee of £37m with add-ons taking the overall deal above £40m.

Gakpo is increasingly likely to become Liverpool’s first signing of the January window, as Jurgen Klopp looks to add reinforcements to his squad for the second half of the season. It follows a trend set by signing Luis Diaz from earlier this year when he arrived from Porto.

If a deal is done, Liverpool appear to have beaten Man United to Gakpo’s signature. The Reds’ fierce rivals were heavily linked with a move for the Netherlands international over the summer and it seems likely since.

Ahead of Man United’s game against Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Tuesday night, Ten Hag spoke about the type of attacking player he wants the club to sign after apparently losing Gakpo to Liverpool.

“Our squad is double occupied in most positions, but not up front,” Ten Hag told Viaplay via The Mirror.

“We are looking for an attacking player. I won’t tell you the profile.

“There are options, and we are working on several options. If it fulfills our financial and sporting desires, we will attack.”

What happened to the 23 players who made just one Premier League appearance for Arsenal

Arsenal’s one-game miracles included several going on to have top-level careers and others who were relatively unknown after their time in north London ended.

Mikel Arteta’s stint as Arsenal manager has seen the Gunners work through a number of players but it is something we have seen from the club since they played their first Premier League game in 1992.

Arteta has undergone a significant overhaul, with several of the stars brought to the club by Unai Emery and Arsene Wenger no longer in north London. It was also a miracle, with a Boxing Day win against West Ham solidifying the Gunners’ position at the top of the Premier League table.

While several players have featured during Arsenal’s tenure as a Premier League club, others have made only one appearance in the competition. Here, Mirror Football takes a closer look at that one-game miracle.

David Benley
Bentley’s league debut came at the end of the 2003–04 season, as Arsenal finished their Invincibles season with one point at Portsmouth. The academy product went on to play Premier League football for the likes of Blackburn and Spurs, which he scored in the 4–4 North London Derby draw, but he eventually retired at the age of 29 after falling in love with football.

Amaury Bischoff
Manager Wenger admits signing Bischoff was a gamble due to his injury history. The Portugal international made his debut in a win at Portsmouth in 2009 before moving to Germany, and was last seen on the books of French bottom league side SR Colmar.

Black Tommy

Tommy Black has spent most of his career outside the Premier League

Arsenal academy product Black replaced Marc Overmars towards the end of a game at Everton in the 1999-2000 season. The midfielder spent most of his career with Crystal Palace, helping them win promotion to the Premier League in 2004, but dropped into non-league at the age of 30.

Fabian Caballero
Signed by Wenger from Paraguayan club Cerro Porteno, Paraguayan forward Caballero replaced Freddie Ljungberg in the 1998 draw with Middlesbrough. Fans in England probably know South America best for his stint with Dundee in the Scottish top flight, and he became a bit of a journeyman as he continued to excel into his thirties.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is an FA Youth Cup winner with Arsenal

Big things were expected of Emmanuel-Thomas after his bid for Arsenal’s age group team but his only senior league appearance came in October 2010 in Arsenal’s loss to Chelsea. After trying his luck in the Championship and League One, the forward decided to try his hand at international football, and is now playing in India having previously played in the top flight in Thailand and Scotland.

Ryan Gary
Young defender Garry made his debut in a 6-1 win against Southampton in 2003, a match which is best remembered for having two Arsenal players score hat-tricks. He continued his career with Bournemouth after finally leaving north London, but injury forced him to retire at the age of 27.

Julian Grey

Julian Gray is finally back in the Premier League with Birmingham

Gray was given his debut in the 1999–2000 season, replacing Kanu in the season-ending defeat at Newcastle. He eventually returned to the top flight with Birmingham, enjoyed a productive spell with Crystal Palace, and also made a brief trip to Cyprus before retiring in 2014.

David Grondin
One of Arsenal’s early French signings, Grondin has none of the success of Henry, Vieira, Petit and co. The defender’s only Premier League minutes came in a goalless draw with Liverpool in 1998, and he has played in Scotland, France and Belgium since leaving Highbury.

Perry Groves
An Arsenal supporter of the late 80s and early 90s, Groves played more than 100 times for the Gunners prior to the emergence of the Premier League. Six minutes against Blackburn was all he managed in 1992-93, with a move to Southampton not long after as he entered the twilight of his career.

Lee Harper

Lee Harper played over 100 QPR games after leaving Arsenal

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