By David Woods

9th Feb, 2021 | 9:38pm

'My expectation is he'll join Leeds' – Phil Hay delivers transfer verdict on in-form attacker

Jack Harrison isn’t a permanent Leeds United player. Yet. 

And some fans are worried that his rising form is going to see Man City decide to keep hold of him in the summer instead of letting him join Leeds.

Leeds have an option to sign him – and that’s been revised for his latest loan spell.

And Athletic journalist Phil Hay believes that everything is aligned for him to sign permanently in the summer.

After the game against Palace one Leeds fan asked, “With Harrison adapting so well to the league, is there a chance City will try and convince him to stay?”

Hay replied saying, “My expectation is that he’ll join Leeds. It’s the club’s option and everyone seems to be in agreement. Great value at £11m.”

Next big bargain

Leeds have the option to sign Harrison but it’s not a cast-iron guarantee.

Obviously, a lot depends on Harrison himself but he seems to be absolutely loving his time at Leeds and under Marcelo Bielsa.

Man City are highly unlikely to try and persuade him that his future lies at the Etihad. All the noise that we’ve heard is that they are happy with the way that the loan and option deals have been structured.

We don’t see that changing even if Harrison’s stock keeps rising. All it means is that Leeds will be getting even more of a bargain when he does sign.

What’s a realistic price tag for him on the open market? We’d say between £25m and £35m and at £11m Leeds are getting a massive bargain.

However, we’ve put the work in. Like Ben White, Bielsa can take a lot of the credit for how Harrison has come on.

Unlike with White, it looks like we’re going to reap the rewards this time.

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