By George Overhill

7th Dec, 2022 | 7:40pm

Newcastle will not now be a threat to Leeds United in January over Jack Harrison

Leeds United look to be safe from the threat of another set of approaches from Newcastle for Jack Harrison in January after Eddie Howe’s latest comments.

The English winger was subject of multiple bids from St James’ Park in the summer [The Athletic, 22 August], but amid a sparkling start to the season the Whites were asking for as much as £60million [Sky Sports, 23 August].

Harrison’s form has fallen away since, but he has recently revealed that he was playing with injuries up until the World Cup break.

However, as recently as 25 November TEAMtalk’s Graeme Bailey was suggesting that the Magpies could return with a higher offer if the 26-year-old’s form improved.

But after Howe’s words on Wednesday (7 December) that is surely off the table.

The former Bournemouth boss suggested that the January window may turn out to be quiet because of FFP difficulties after spending heavily in the summer.

He said, as per Sky Sports: “Do we have the finances for that? I do not know. That might impact our options. It is a considerable outlay the club have to find and with FFP, I’m not sure that’s available to us. You have to work within the guidelines of the club.”

He suggested that the success his squad has had so far this season has also changed his need for more new arrivals, saying as per the Daily Mail: “The squad, in my eyes, looks different to what it did in the summer because of how well players have done – and from my perspective, I can’t ignore that.”

The Mail report says that a move for Leicester City’s James Maddison is “extremely unlikely” in the circumstances, so the same can therefore be said of Harrison.

With movement on the contract front there looks to be little prospect of Leeds United lowering their valuation significantly, surely putting him out of reach of Howe in the winter window.

A strong second half of the year after recovering from injury could put him back in Newcastle’s sights come the summer, but the hope has to be that by then a new contract will have been signed to protect his value.

The absence of transfer speculation, at least for the upcoming window, will likely be of benefit to the Whites wide man as he looks to find his form again, and ensure that the club stay safely in the Premier League for another year.

In other Leeds United news, a “talented” Elland Road player is now assumed to be heading to one of two English clubs in January.