By Jonty Banks

24th Jan, 2023 | 4:30pm

Leeds United transfer news as Jack Harrison may be sold to balance books

Leeds United may consider selling Jack Harrison this January to “balance the books”, with Leicester City the latest team to register interest in the winger, according to the Daily Mail.

The 26-year-old has been subject to offers from the likes of Newcastle United in the summer, and the Daily Mail report states Brendan Rodgers is the newest admirer of the former England Under-21 international.

Jesse Marsch’s side have already splashed out a club record £35million [The Athletic, January 14] on striker Georginio Rutter as well as signing Austrian international Max Wober this month.

The Whites have reportedly slapped a £35million price tag on their attacker, who has 18 months of his contract remaining, in order to balance the books and potentially afford a midfield signing in the closing stages of the window.

The report said: “They [Leeds] have opened discussions with Juventus over a possible deal for 24-year-old USA international Weston McKennie and have remained in touch with the agents of Angers midfielder Azzedine Ounahi, who also has interest from Leicester and Napoli.

“They would need to balance the books at some stage and may yet take the hit on Harrison but would prefer to sell in the summer.”

Wait till summer

If Leeds are to part ways with Harrison, it would be wiser to do so in the summer transfer window.

Although starting the season slowly and struggling to impact proceedings at Elland Road, the winger has looked back to best since the World Cup.

With Marsch fighting for his job at the moment and looking for every win he can get his hands on, it would be a very risky move to let an experienced player such as Harrison leave Elland Road in January, however big the offer is.

The Englishman has been there and done it numerous times with Leeds, and his experience could prove vital if the club were to get embroiled in a relegation dogfight.

If The Whites were to keep their Premier League status, then selling Harrison in the summer may be the only way to keep on top of the wage bill. With the likes of Crysencio Summerville, Willy Gnonto and Brenden Aaronson all operating in similar areas to Harrison, Marsch’s side should have the strength in depth to deal with his departure.

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