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Report: Leeds United set £35m asking price for Newcastle United target to “balance the books”

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Leeds United winger Jack Harrison has become subject to interest from both Newcastle United and Leicester City this week.

Leeds have done well to add to the strength in depth of the attack this season, but with Georginio Rutter arriving on a club-record fee recently, there might be chance that Jack Harrison’s role in the starting lineup diminishes.

The Leeds winger is out of contract in the summer of 2024, and Leeds are caught in a position where they might be looking to cash in on him, if they cannot get him tied down to a new long-term contract.

Newcastle United’s long-standing interest could re-emerge this month after they had two bids rejected in the summer for his signature, per The Athletic.

The Daily Mail are now reporting that the Magpies are keen on Harrison still, and would be willing to make a late January swoop, should their attempts to land Everton’s Anthony Gordon fall short.

However, Eddie Howe’s side are joined by Leicester City in admiring Leeds’ 26-year-old winger, but both teams are likely to struggle to land Harrison this month on account of the Whites’ asking price.

Leeds are reportedly commanding £35million for the winger with around 18 months left on his deal, while it is also stated that a summer sale would be preferable to “balance the books”.

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Selling Harrison is something that could make more and more sense as the time passes in this window, knowing that we aren’t really in a position to pass up that sort of fee.

With Rutter arriving to compete in attack with Rodrigo, Patrick Bamford, Willy Gnonto, Crysencio Summerville, Luis Sinisterra, and Brenden Aaronson, that’s a lot of players to fit into three or four positions.

Harrison could be the makeweight for us to keep these players happy and playing as much as possible, because there’s a lot there deserving of plenty of minutes.

I highly doubt Leicester have it in them to pay £35million for Harrison, though.

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