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Newcastle have had offer rejected for Jack Harrison

A big claim has emerged on Newcastle United and their pursuit of Jack Harrison in the summer transfer window…

What’s the talk?

Journalist Santi Aouna has claimed that the Magpies have had a bid in the region of £34m rejected for the English winger. 

Their rivals are looking for a fee of around £39m to allow him to leave Elland Road, with the reporter revealing that PIF have not met their demands.

He Tweeted: “Info: Newcastle offered €40m to Leeds for Jack Harrison. Offer refused by Leeds who claim ~47.”

Big blow for Eddie Howe

This news comes as a big blow to the Toon head coach because the Whites winger knows what it takes to perform in the Premier League.

Howe is not blessed with quality options at the top end of the pitch and Harrison is a player who would add a much-needed goal threat to the team.

In the 2021/22 campaign, Miguel Almiron scored one goal in 30 top-flight appearances, whilst also failing to provide a single assist. Ryan Fraser, meanwhile, managed two goals in 27 outings in the Premier League – assisting three goals along the way.

These statistics suggest that Newcastle are in desperate need of a winger who can make a significant contribution in the final third. Almiron and Fraser both failed to consistently produce quality at the top end of the pitch and must be replaced this summer if the Magpies want to bolster their attack.

Leeds boss Jesse Marsch previously hailed Harrison’s quality going forward, 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.”

The 25-year-old has played in the Premier League for two seasons and proven himself as a goalscorer in both of them – finding the back of the net eight times in each campaign. This shows that he has the quality to provide a semi-regular source of goals from out wide, which can take the pressure off the likes of Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin to do it all on their own.

Along with his goals, Harrison has also racked up nine assists since the start of 2020/21 and this means that he can create chances for his teammates.

Therefore, he would be an upgrade on Howe’s other options to play on the opposite wing to Saint-Maximin and that is why this bid being rejected is a big blow for the head coach.

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