Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has confirmed that Jack Harrison will ‘absolutely not’ be joining Newcastle United this summer.
The Magpies are looking to sign a winger, with Eddie Howe keen to add more goals and assists to his forward line.
Harrison certainly ticks those boxes given his efforts in a Leeds shirt, which has led to Newcastle tracking him all summer.
There was reportedly a bid of £17million, while Newcastle only value him £25million. However, neither figure is sufficient. It has been claimed that Leeds will only sell Harrison if they receive at least £35million.
That has left the Magpies in a difficult situation, but it appears that Radrizzani has made their minds up for them.
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The Leeds chief has conducted a sit down interview with the Athletic ahead of the new season. And one thing he was asked about was the future of Jack Harrison.
Radrizzani completely shut it down.
“Absolutely not,” he said when asked if Harrison could join Newcastle.
“There is no way. Jack stays here.”
Another Newcastle blow
That means Harrison is another name Newcastle can cross off the growing list of transfer targets.
It’s no surprise though, given what has happened at Leeds this summer. They have already sold Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips – they don’t need to sell a third star player.
It’s a shame, as Harrison would have been a wonderful addition for Newcastle. £35million would have been for too much however, and the price tag basically confirmed Leeds’ desire to keep him. If we really wanted him, we would have to pay stupid money.
That’s something the Newcastle owners are not prepared to do, as they continue their sensible approach to the transfer market. It is proving difficult though, with multiple targets proving to be too expensive.
It was recently claimed that ‘Harrison to Newcastle’ was one to watch heading into the remaining weeks of the window, but it now seems certain that a move won’t be happening.
Radrizzani has confirmed it – Harrison is going nowhere. Time for Newcastle to look elsewhere.