Newcastle United are not going to be able to sign Leeds United winger Jack Harrison this summer, despite their interest in the wide man this summer.
That is according to Dean Jones who was talking to This is Futbol about the Magpies’ potential summer business this season.
Eddie Howe’s side had been linked with a move for Harrison, who has been valued at £35m by the Yorkshire club.
Jesse Marsch has already lost one wide man in Raphinha this season following his move to Barcelona, so it looks like Newcastle will have to move onto other targets with Leeds looking like they’ll be unwilling to sell Harrison this summer.
And Jones believes that whilst the Toon still like the Leeds star, they’re going to have to move on to other targets this summer.
“They like Jack Harrison, we know that, but they’re not going to get him.
“There are a couple of others that they’ve looked at, but they need to sign someone significant in those attacking positions.”
TIF’s thoughts on Jones’ comments
We agree with Jones’ comments and think that it’s time for Newcastle to move onto other targets due to the fact that whilst Harrison, who Marsch claims can “run all day”, is an excellent player, £35m seems a bit steep for a player who only has two seasons of Premier League experience under his belt, albeit producing a return of 16 goals and nine assists according to Transfermarkt.
In terms of his fellow professionals, the Leeds man only ranked in the top 37% of attacking midfielders/wingers across Europe’s top five leagues and European competition for non-penalty goals per 90 minutes last season (0.27) according to FBref.
Whilst there is a lot more to the ‘unplayable’ midfielder’s game than just goal output, Howe would be wanting a more proven performer for the eye-watering price of £35m.
The club have been linked with Alexander Isak, who might be more of the type of calibre player the Magpies are looking for this summer, and we believe that it will be best for all parties to be done with this transfer saga, and move on.