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Reporter claims Jack Harrison to Newcastle is still 'one to watch' this summer

Talk of Jack Harrison moving to Newcastle United has gone very quiet.

After the Moussa Diaby speculation ended, the Leeds ace appeared to emerge as the Magpies’ number one target out wide.

It was claimed that Eddie Howe’s side are willing to pay £25million for the 25-year-old. However, that’s much less than what Leeds want.

Jesse Marsch’s side reportedly value Harrison at £35million. It would take a near club record fee to bring him to St James’ Park.

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For that amount, it appears that Newcastle have moved on. Other targets have emerged, with Sporting Director Dan Ashworth putting big money on the table for James Maddison. However, he is also appearing difficult to sign.

With the clock ticking on the summer transfer window, Newcastle need to move swiftly to add attacking reinforcements. And the Athletic’s Chris Waugh has suggested that a fresh move for Harrison could happen.

Waugh on Harrison

Waugh has appeared on the latest episode of Pod On The Tyne, and discussed the possibility of Newcastle making another attempt to sign the winger.

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“The other one still to keep an eye on is Jack Harrison at Leeds,” he said.

“At the moment, Leeds’ valuation is still higher than Newcastle want. But again, he has two years left on his contract and might be one to watch later in the window.”

Harrison would be a good signing for Newcastle

If the finances are right, Harrison could be an excellent signing for the Magpies. News of interest in the Leeds ace wasn’t met with roaring approval from the Toon Army, who had got their hopes up over Diaby.

But Harrison would be a welcome addition, and add even more competition out wide. While Miguel Almiron has been excellent in pre-season, we still need more quality on the flanks.

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Harrison would provide that, and has proven at Leeds how decisive he can be in the final third. He’s provided plenty of goals and assists in a white shirt, which is exactly why he would be a good signing for Newcastle.

He’s also incredibly hard working, which is why he was such a hit under Marcelo Bielsa. Harrison is tactically astute, and appears to be a very coachable player. That will suit Howe down to the ground, who has had a huge impact on so many Toon players already.

Waugh believes Harrison is one to watch, and he would certainly be a good addition to Howe’s squad. Whether or not a deal is possible remains to be seen. But will Leeds really be more willing to sell when they have less time to find a replacement?

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