Leeds United winger Jack Harrison could be interested in joining Newcastle United for financial reasons, according to former England striker Gabby Agbonlahor.
The Lowdown: Harrison exit links emerge
Throughout the summer transfer window, the Englishman was linked with a move away from Elland Road, with his exit arguably looking on the cards at times.
It was Newcastle who emerged as the front-runners to acquire Harrison’s signature, as Eddie Howe looked at boosting his wide attacking options and even submitted two official bids for the Englishman (The Athletic).
The 25-year-old ended up remaining at Leeds beyond the end of the window but that hasn’t stopped talk regarding his future.
The Latest: Agbonlahor talks up exit
“It’s, ‘can I go and get double-and-a-half my money at Newcastle? Or, sign for a little bit more at Leeds?’
“Leeds won’t be big payers. Maybe, he’s looking at that. Football, yes, you love playing at clubs but you want to be earning as much money as possible.
“Maybe that’s going through his mind. He’ll see Dan Burn, Trippier and all these players going for big money wages and be thinking of that himself.
“I don’t think he signs a new contract unless Leeds improve his pay a lot.”
The Verdict: Would be a loss
Harrison has proven over an extended period what a key figure he is so losing him would be a blow, with reports the club are trying to tie him down to a new contract.
The winger has scored 29 goals and registered 25 assists for Leeds, shining in both the Premier League and the Championship, while journalist David Brown has called him a ‘joke’ of a player, in a positive sense.
It is easy to envisage Harrison’s head being turned by Newcastle, though, given their financial status and the fact that they are aiming to be a Champions League-playing club in the coming years, so Leeds could do with offering him a new-and-improved deal as quickly as possible.
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