Newcastle United reportedly want to sign Jack Harrison from Leeds, valuing him at £20million.
That’s according to the Daily Mail, who state that is the amount that the Magpies are willing to pay for the 25-year-old.
It would make him the fourth most expensive addition of the PIF era. However, it is not enough to entice Leeds into selling.
The Daily Mail add that Newcastle’s £20million valuation falls short of how much Leeds want for the winger. Having already sold star players in Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips, they can hold out for a bigger fee for Harrison.
That means Newcastle will have to up their offer, or move on to another target, which basically sums up our entire summer.
Why Newcastle want to sign Jack Harrison from Leeds
The Magpies are in the market for a right winger, as Eddie Howe looks to add attacking reinforcements to his squad.
Moussa Diaby is the club’s number one target, but he is proving to be too expensive at the moment. That’s forcing Newcastle to look elsewhere, and Harrison is seen as a viable alternative.
The Daily Mail state that Howe is a fan of him, admiring his attitude and work ethic. Those qualities made him a star under Marcelo Bielsa, and it’s why he would be a good fit at St James’ Park.
Harrison has proven over the past two seasons in the Premier League that he can be decisive in the final third, which is exactly what Newcastle need. In his first season he provided 16 goal contributions, then last season he got nine.
He’s certainly caught the eye of Alan Shearer over the past couple of years. The Toon legend has praised him on multiple occasions, describing his crossing ability as ‘fantastic‘.
However, we are simply going to have to up our offer if we’re desperate to sign him. Leeds are in a commanding position, having already sold their two top players. They aren’t in a position where they need to sell another star attraction.
But Harrison would be a smart addition for Newcastle, and could prove to be an astute signing. He would be nowhere near as high profile as Diaby, but players like him are proving far too expensive.
A move for Harrison might not be as exciting, but he could be just as impressive.