By Daniel Feliciano

2nd Dec, 2022 | 6:40pm

Leeds United may have missed the chance to cash in on Jack Harrison to Newcastle United

Leeds United may have missed the chance to cash in on Jack Harrison after Newcastle United ruled out making big signings in the January window.

Harrison was linked with a mega-money move to St James’ Park in the summer, but after having two bids rejected Leeds insisted and held firm, forcing Newcastle to go without a big winger signing in the window.

But after they signed Aleksandar Isak for around £60m, that took their spending to over £200m in the year since the Saudi Arabia PFI took over, and they’re now looking to peel back their spending.

A fresh report from The Telegraph (2 December) claims that there will be no extravagant spending in January, as they look to bring in players who wouldn’t necessarily be going straight into Eddie Howe’s first-team.

That all but rules out a renewed move for Harrison, who appeared to have already mentally checked out at Elland Road last month.

His current contract at the club is due to expire in 2024, and while the Whites had been keen to renew his contract, the longer it goes on the less likely it looks like happening.

That causes a big issue if the club do want to sell him, because with little time remaining on his deal it obviously means that Leeds can’t demand a massive fee for him as they tried to do in the summer.

If Leeds were to make him available for a transfer then they’d have to reduce their asking price, and it would put them in a weaker negotiating position, and therefore they must continue to act as if he isn’t for sale even if they would be open to it.

The chance to cash in was surely in the summer when Newcastle were knocking on the door, and while it looked like the right decision to keep hold of him then, hindsight is 20/20.

Luis Sinisterra, Brenden Aaronson, Crysencio Summerville and Wilfried Gnonto have all stepped up in their first full season at the club in the first-team, while Rodrigo has shone in both the number nine and number ten positions.

Losing Harrison wouldn’t be nearly as detrimental as it looked like it could be in the summer, but now Leeds must get him focused and back to his best or be prepared to lose him for a cut-price in the summer.