There have been a couple of claims making the rounds that Newcastle have made an opening offer for Leeds winger Jack Harrison. Italy’s TuttoMercatoWeb and Football Insider are reporting that a bid has been submitted.
The report from Italy states the offer is £24m while Football Insider has it at just £18m. Both outlets are reporting that Leeds have or will reject the bid as it doesn’t meet their £35m valuation of the 25-year-old.
This could be the route Newcastle has to take to land Harrison. He has just 2 years remaining on his contract and uttered an unconvincing ‘We’ll see what happens’ when prompted on his future over the weekend.
Leeds boss Jesse Marsch is on record stating that he expects his goalscoring winger to remain at Elland Road this season. The American has already lost Raphinha to Barcelona and Kalvin Phillips to Manchester City.
However, that money has been recouped to cushion the blow. Marsch has added Brendan Aaronson, Luis Sinisterra, Tyler Adams, Rasmus Kristensen, and Marc Roja this summer to almost break even with their net spend.
An initial bid could unsettle Harrison and potentially force the situation. If he balks on a new contract, this window is the time to receive maximum value. Newcastle may be rewarded with patience but only if Leeds are forced to soften their stance.
In other news, Craig Hope has confirmed Newcastle hold an interest in RB Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko. Though he is just one of a number of targets under consideration at this time.
Understand Newcastle admire Salzburg forward Benjamin Sesko & 19-year-old is on list of names they’re exploring, but it has not moved beyond that at this stage #nufc
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) July 20, 2022
The player’s agent was spotted in Newcastle this week but an imminent move was quickly played down. The Slovenian certainly fits the profile of what Newcastle are looking for in this window.