By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

18th Sep, 2022 | 2:04pm

Leeds United ready new deal for Jack Harrison, Sky Sports pundit discusses 'long-term' investment

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Paul Robinson has urged Leeds United to get Jack Harrison tied down to a new contract with the winger’s existing terms set to expire in 2024.

Harrison, 25, has enjoyed a superb start to the season for the Whites, playing his way into England contention with one goal and three assists in six Premier League appearances.

However, the former Manchester City attacker, who attracted bids from Newcastle in the summer transfer window [The Athletic], will enter the final year of his contract at Leeds next summer, meaning the Yorkshire giants are in a weakened position if it comes to more bids being made.

Robinson believes it’s mutually beneficial for Harrison to sign a new contract, saying that Leeds would be able to demand a huge transfer fee for the winger if the Magpies reignite their interest.

Speaking to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said: “Harrison is a player they need to keep a hold of.

Leeds fought off interest from Newcastle and reportedly Everton as well and they couldn’t afford to let him go as well as Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips.

Jack’s the kind of player who’s growing in confidence, he’s fitting in well with Jesse Marsch’s system and the manager clearly likes him so there’s no reason you shouldn’t extend his contract.

Leeds should keep him at the club as long as they can because it works for both because somebody will have to buy him out of that long-term contract.

It’s beneficial to the club as a long-term investment and if Newcastle come knocking again, then the price tag is going to be a lot higher than it was.”

Speaking on The Phil Hay Show podcast on Friday (16 September, 30m), The Athletic journalist Phil Hay reported that Leeds were expected to open talks with Harrison over a new deal once the summer transfer window closed.

According to 90min on Friday, it is a priority for Leeds to get Harrison’s contract sorted before the January transfer window opens.

In other Leeds United news, a pundit suggests a “world-class” player should be sent to Leeds on loan in January.