Newcastle United might suddenly have to pay even more money for Jack Harrison after Leeds reportedly raised their asking price.
The Magpies have been linked with the 25-year-old all summer, and made a fresh bid to sign the winger last week according to the Athletic.
However, Newcastle’s approach worth in excess of £20million was turned down by Leeds, who are keen to keep Harrison.
Given how he’s started the new season, that’s no surprise. In just three Premier League games so far, Harrison has one goal and three assists. The Englishman was instrumental in Leeds’ 3-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday, and was called ‘fantastic‘ by pundit Jermain Defoe.
It’s his creativity that has been most impressive, and exactly why Eddie Howe wants him at St James’ Park.
However, it looks like it’s going to cost a huge amount of money to bring him to the North East.
How much Leeds now want for Jack Harrison
It was previously claimed that Jesse Marsch’s side want £35million for Harrison. That seemed steep, but was more a reflection on how keen Leeds are to keep him. They’ve already lost big names this summer, with both Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha leaving Elland Road.
But now, according to Sky Sports, the Yorkshire side have almost doubled their asking price for Harrison. They report that Leeds now want more than £60million for the winger.
Sky Sports add that Tottenham Hotspur are also interested in signing him.
No way Newcastle will pay that amount
Considering the Magpies have been reluctant to pay Leeds’ initial price for Harrison, Sky’s claim that they now want at least £60million is very concerning.
That’s a staggering amount of money, and a figure Newcastle simply will not reach. It’s more than they received from Barcelona for Raphinha, which seems absolutely crazy.
Why the asking price has suddenly shot up is anyone’s guess. Perhaps it’s been set to put other clubs off, or it’s a reflection on the value of other players. Chelsea are reportedly willing to pay £60million for Anthony Gordon, and he certainly isn’t a better player than Harrison.
If Leeds really do want £60million for Harrison then that will end our pursuit. It’s a shame, because he would be a sensational signing. He’s the kind of player we need at St James’ Park, but Dan Ashworth will have to turn his attention elsewhere.