A journalist has revealed Newcastle are planning to make a second offer for Leeds winger Jack Harrison, while also detailing what Jesse Marsch thinks about the potential move.
Harrison has impressed for Leeds during their last two campaigns in the Premier League, registering eight goals each year. He has also been very reliable for the Whites, having made 36 appearances during 2020-21 and then 35 outings last term.
The Englishman’s contract at Elland Road runs until June 2024. That means Leeds will not be pressured into a sale this summer.
According to Football Insider, it was worth £18million. This falls well below Leeds’ £35m asking price and as a result Marsch’s side rejected it out of hand.
But Newcastle remain on Harrison’s trail and are preparing a second offer. That is according to CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs, who also claims it will include ‘improved’ financial terms – though the exact details of the bid are not revealed.
Jacobs states Marsch ‘really doesn’t want to lose’ Harrison. Clearly, the American coach views Harrison as a regular starter for the 2022-23 campaign.
The former England U21 international may have to change wing once new signing Luis Sinisterra recovers from a hamstring injury. But Harrison has the physicality and mentality to succeed in a different role.
Leeds won’t back down on Jack Harrison price
Leeds can apparently be ‘tough negotiators’ now they have sold star players Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips. This means they will not be reducing their £35m price tag for Harrison under any circumstances.
Newcastle are searching for a new striker and wide player before the season gets underway. They have been linked with plenty of stars, Harrison among them.
The Magpies were put off Bayer Leverkusen ace Moussa Diaby due to the German club asking for £60m. Harrison will not cost this much, but Newcastle will not be able to land the 25-year-old in a cut-price deal either.
Newcastle have the funds to spend big on players such as Diaby, Harrison and Red Bull Salzburg wonderkid Benjamin Sesko, who is a new target.
However, club chiefs at St James’ Park want to be clever with their finances, rather than going over the top. Doing the latter would potentially put them in trouble when it comes to Financial Fair Play regulations.
Plus, paying over the odds for a young player puts them under pressure and could result in underwhelming performances.
Newcastle are still in the hunt for Harrison, although it would be very surprising to see him leave Leeds during the current transfer window.
Meanwhile, a pundit thinks Newcastle should re-sign one of their former players to solve their striker hunt.
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