Newcastle United have seen a bid for Leeds United winger Jack Harrison knocked back, French journalist Santi Aouna claims.
So far this summer, Newcastle have brought in centre-back Sven Botman from Lille, struck a permanent deal for Aston Villa left-back Matt Targett and recruited goalkeeper Nick Pope from relegated Burnley.
Those three deals have cost the Magpies a combined £59.4million, and the only player they’ve sold is goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
But Eddie Howe still wants more, with The Daily Mail’s Craig Hope reporting in mid-July that the wide positions are on his list for the remainder of the transfer window.
Harrison, indeed, was one of the names he picked out from the manager’s shortlist.
Aouna shared transfer ‘info’ from St James’ Park on his Twitter feed on Monday.
‘Newcastle offered’ Leeds €40million – the equivalent of about £33.5million – for Harrison.
However, that ‘offer [was] refused’ by Leeds, who have communicated their demands to be €47million (£39.4million).
Context is important here. Rather than agreeing to meet Newcastle in the middle, Leeds might well demand the full amount for Harrison.
That’s because they’ve already lost Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha to Manchester City and Barcelona respectively for a combined fee of more than £96million.
As a result, there’s no necessity to sell, and they can afford to play hardball.
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It might come down, then, to how much Newcastle are willing to sacrifice for Harrison.
The deal would certainly please Eddie Howe, who’s said to particularly value the Englishman’s ‘creativity and work rate’.
Those attributes are reflected in the stats, with Harrison recording the third-most crosses in the Premier League last season (more than Andrew Robertson and Joao Cancelo) and ranking in the top 21 percentiles for pressures, tackles, interceptions, blocks and clearances per 90 last season.
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