Leicester City ready to test Leeds United resolve on Jack Harrison after Georginio Rutter deal
Brendan Rodgers is ready to test the resolve of Leeds United over Jack Harrison after the signing of Georginio Rutter, according to The Telegraph.
The English winger was linked Leicester City on Tuesday [Daily Mail, 24 January], with the club reportedly “interested” and Rodgers an “admirer”.
But with the Whites having shelled out a club-record £36million to sign Rutter this January the Foxes are now reportedly ready to push the club into a decision on Harrison who was chased by Newcastle in the summer.
Rodgers has been moved to turn his attention to the 26-year-old after being frustrated in his pursuit of Fiorentina’s Nico Gonzalez and Lyon’s on-loan Shakhtar forward Tete, as he looks to bolster his squad for a potential relegation fight.
His chances of success with Leeds United are classed as “unclear” with the £11million permanent signing from Manchester City a year and a half ago seeing his value increase since then, although he now has just 18 months left on his current contract.
Harrison started the season like a house on fire but has gone off the boil in the months since while carrying an injury problem.
Jesse Marsch has started him regularly of late but once all of Rutter, Luis Sinisterra and Crysencio Summerville are back to 100% he could be set for a spell on the bench, with his performances recently energetic but not entirely effective.
After spending a lot of money there is obviously some logic in bringing a decent fee in, especially since Harrison still hasn’t got a new deal signed and the summer offering the last opportunity to get a proper return if one isn’t secured by then.
That is especially true if the cash could be spent on a midfield signing before the window closes, with Azzedine Ounahi and Weston McKennie both liked.
But with Leeds United and Leicester currently level on points and goal difference in the Premier League table, although the Whites have a game in hand, there is surely going to be a reluctance to strengthen a direct rival.
The chances of a deal with Newcastle appear to have subsided as they have shot up the table, but allowing Harrison to swap one potential relegation battle at Elland Road for another at the King Power creates the chance that the man who scored on the final day to help keep the club in the top flight last season makes a telling contribution to prevent that this time around.