Newcastle United now know how much they must pay Leeds to sign Jack Harrison this summer.
The 25-year-old is being heavily linked with a move to St James’ Park, especially since further doubts emerged over Moussa Diaby joining the Magpies.
It was reported last week that Newcastle are willing to offer £20million to sign Harrison. However, that is £15million short of what Jesse Marsch’s side want.
Leeds name their price for Jack Harrison
According to the Northern Echo, Leeds will not sell Harrison for anything less than £35million.
That fee would make him a very big signing for Newcastle. It’s the same amount that we paid to bring Sven Botman to the club.
Harrison would be nowhere near as high profile, but he would be a valuable addition to our squad.
Eddie Howe is keen to boost his attacking options, and wants to sign a right winger. Diaby is the dream signing, but he is simply too expensive.
While Harrison is nowhere near as good as Diaby, he is in our price range. However, it’s unclear if Newcastle want to pay that much for the former Manchester City player.
Newcastle have a big decision to make
£35million is a lot of money. If anything, he’s overpriced. However, it’s easy to understand why Leeds are commanding so much.
They’ve already sold their two best players this summer. Kalvin Phillips has gone to Manchester City, while Toon target Raphinha is off to Barcelona.
Having struggled so much last season, Leeds will be reluctant to lose another one of their star players. That’s the simple reason why they’ve slapped such a big price tag on Harrison.
Newcastle need to sign a winger, but the owners have already proven that they will not pay over the odds for players.
It will therefore be up to the Toon officials to decide whether or not Harrison is worth £35million. It’s a lot of money, but we are desperate for a new attacker.
Harrison is versatile and ‘very skilful‘, and has proven over the past two seasons that he has end product in the Premier League. He scored eight goals last season, which would have made him our joint top scorer alongside Callum Wilson.
He’s another player who wouldn’t necessarily be a hugely popular signing, but he could be an astute one. Whether he’s worth £35million is for Howe and Dan Ashworth to decide.