An update has emerged on Newcastle United and their interest in Jack Harrison in the summer transfer window…
According to The Athletic, the Leeds talent is one of a number of players Dan Ashworth has enquired about a deal for ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
The report claims that his valuation, along with the rest of their current targets, has put them off from making a bid for his services, although it remains to be seen if they will change their mind in the coming weeks.
It has been reported that the Whites are demanding £35m to part ways with the Englishman after they lost Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha earlier this month.
By signing Harrison from their Premier League rivals before the end of the window, Newcastle would be landing a better player than Saint-Maximin on the wing.
The Frenchman was the club’s most productive winger in the top-flight last term as he registered five goals and five assists. This came after he managed three goals and four assists in the previous campaign for the Magpies.
Saint-Maximin has, therefore, chipped in with eight goals and nine assists in the last two years for Steve Bruce and Eddie Howe combined.
The gem has proven that he has the quality to make a big impact at the top end of the pitch in the Premier League and his statistics suggest that he would offer far more than the Frenchman in front of goal.
Leeds boss Jesse Marsch previously heaped praise on the former Manchester City man, saying: “He can run all day, he is explosive, he’s effective in 1-v-1s, he’s dangerous, he’s smart. I’m asking him to play a different role, I want him to play a little bit more of an interior player. I just want to give him the confidence to apply our ideas of football and achieve.
“His application [of shooting] in the first game was really good.”
These comments suggest that he would also be an exciting player for the fans to watch as he likes to take defenders on and use his pace to make things happen.
Hopefully, Newcastle will now be able to reach a compromise with Leeds to bring Harrison to St. James’ Park – providing Howe with an upgrade on the wings.