By Jonty Banks

23rd Jan, 2023 | 8:40am

Leeds United: Journalist drops Jack Harrison transfer update after Arsenal and Newcastle summer interest revealed

Leeds United winger Jack Harrison has been a “long-standing” target of Arsenal but now faces a different situation this month after Mikel Arteta’s side registered interest in the summer, according to Ben Jacobs.

Harrison, 26, was linked with a move away from Elland Road to Newcastle in the summer, with the West Yorkshire club slapping a £35million price tag on their prized asset.

The Whites winger endured a tough start to the Premier League season under Jesse Marsch but has recently begun to pick up form starting three of the last four league games.

CBS journalist Jacobs believes “clubs slightly below” the likes of surprise suitors Arsenal will now be looking to sign Harrison in the January transfer window.

He told GiveMeSport: “Jack Harrison is another long-standing target. With Harrison, I think it’s a slightly different situation now compared to the summer.

“Arsenal were not the only club that considered a move for Harrison, although they didn’t move in any sort of significant way necessarily.

“They certainly made enquiries, as did Newcastle United. I think that now on the Harrison front, it’s perhaps a level of clubs slightly below where Arsenal are, that are looking at the player.”

Exit unlikely

It will come as a surprise to Leeds fans that Arsenal were interested in signing Harrison in the summer, but a move away this month now seems highly speculative, considering both parties’ differing fortunes.

The Gunners have opened up a five-point at the top of the Premier League table and have already bolstered their options on the wing through the signing of Leandro Trossard this month.

Newcastle’s interest will remain a worry to the board in the closing week of the transfer window, as the winger has looked to be regaining his confidence in recent weeks.

A return of just one goal and four assists isn’t quite up to the wingers’ exacting standards after netting eight goals in each of his last two seasons in the Premier League.

However, with Leeds sitting in a precarious position at the moment and Harrison one of their more experienced stars, it would be foolish to let him leave the club this month.

In other Leeds United news, a “very strange” decision from Marsch made one Sky Sports pundit believe the manager has no trust in one of his star men.