Dan Ashworth wants Leeds United ace Jack Harrison at Newcastle United, number one target emerged
Newcastle United are still interested in signing Jack Harrison from Leeds in January, with a wide running player seen as a priority according to The Mirror.
Harrison was linked with a move to the Magpies in the summer, but the Whites rejected two bids and were holding out for around £40m to do business, something that Newcastle weren’t willing to do.
They have now turned their attention to Chelsea winger Christian Pulisic as the priority target, but if a deal can’t be done for the American then they will look into reigniting their move for Harrison.
“Chelsea would prefer to sell and the asking price would probably start at around £40million,” they wrote (11 December).
“Although Newcastle, riding high under Eddie Howe, are prepared to bid they would hope to knock down the fee.
“Their January transfer window priority is a wide running player with Leeds United’s Jack Harrison and Brighton’s Leandro Trossard still options.
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“If they can’t land the American, then Harrison and Trossard will both come under consideration. Harrison is a long-time target while sporting director Dan Ashworth knows all about Trossard from his time at Brighton, and is a big admirer.”
The latest talk surrounding Harrison was that he was close to agreeing and signing a new contract with Leeds to stay at Elland Road, with his current deal set to expire in the summer of 2024.
But if Newcastle are going to return with a big-money bid once again in January, then both parties would surely consider an exit as they are flying so high in the table and Leeds will always do business if the price is right.
The attacking midfield area of the pitch is somewhere that Leeds are stacked right now, with a host of options available to Jesse Marsch but Harrison is one of the more senior players and has been a consistently good performer under the American.
If we’re intent on keeping him then we have to get this new deal tied up quickly and ensure that we stay strong and resolute when/if we’re presented with a bid.
It’s going to be a busy January for rumours with both incomings and outgoings, so the quicker we can settle this the better.
In other Leeds news, change of plans for January as senior player edges closer to Elland Road exit