Leeds United are unlikely to be in a rush to make Jack Harrison’s stay at Elland Road a permanent one, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
The ex-Yorkshire Evening Post journalist was asked on The Athletic website on Wednesday whether the new 49ers investment in Leeds, and lack of January transfer activity, will mean the Whites will trigger their option to buy Harrison, 23, permanently from Manchester City right away.
Hay responded by saying: “Makes no difference. The option is dated and Leeds have the right to exercise it.”
What’s the rush?
Leeds don’t need to buy Harrison right away but it would be nice for us to finally say he’s our player rather than a loanee.
Harrison is halfway through his third season on loan at Leeds from Manchester City and each season has shown major progression under Marcelo Bielsa.
In his debut campaign at Elland Road in the Championship, Harrison was a much maligned-figure who struggled to have an impact in the attack.
Last term, the £15,000-a-week [Spotrac] was one of the best wingers in the league and since promotion has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water.
Last summer, when Leeds agreed another loan deal with Man City for Harrison, Hay reported that the option to buy clause will cost the Whites £10million.
For what he’s shown this season, and when you consider the fact he’s a 24-year-old Englishman, that £10million fee is a ridiculous bargain.
Man City must be kicking themselves for agreeing that but it doesn’t sound as though there’s any need to worry about Harrison being poached by anyone else with United not showing any urgency to get a deal done.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites want a new playmaker in the summer.