By Saikat Mandal

31st Jul, 2022 | 11:11am

Newcastle United shelve interest to sign Leeds United winger Jack Harrison

Newcastle United have shelved interest in Leeds United winger Jack Harrison, according to a report from The Northern Echo.

The Magpies have been heavily linked with a move for Harrison, but they have ditched their transfer plans after Leeds refused to budge down from their £35m valuation of the player.

Newcastle, as a result, have turned their attention elsewhere, with the club now eyeing a move for Leicester City’s talisman, James Maddison.

Massive boost

The Magpies, who are run by a consortium comprised of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and the Reuben brothers’ RB Sports and Media, are one of the richest clubs in the Premier League (collective Saudi worth around £320 billion), and they are looking to make a strong squad this summer.

They were reportedly prepared to pay around £25m for the Whites winger, but Leeds stayed firm on their asking price. Eventually, they backed out.

This has been a recurrent theme for the Whites this season, and the board deserves a huge praise for their effort.

We have seen that Barcelona tried to put pressure to sell Raphinha on the cheap, but Leeds only sold him at the right price. The same goes for Kalvin Phillips as well.

Harrison is a key part of Jesse Marsch’s plans next season, and they are not looking to sell him. With Newcastle out of the picture, the club can now focus on the season ahead.

Having said that, Leeds probably could look to sign one or two more players this window, with adding a striker being a top priority for the club.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites now want to sign this striker with a rival set to kickstart a major £30million+ transfer battle