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Newcastle United rebuffed by Leeds United over Jack Harrison’s interest

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Newcastle United under the new ownership has looked to improve the squad gradually in an attempt to build for the future. Eddie Howe led the Magpies to safety last season comfortably. The Saudi ownership made a statement by signing Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid in January 2022.

The club has since attempted to strengthen the squad, however, have been restrained due to financial fair play rules. Even though Saudi ownership wants to invest in the club, FFP rules limit their spending power. Newcastle United explored the opportunity to sign Moussa Diaby and Alexander Isak, however, the fee and high wages have proved to be a barrier.

The Magpies have turned their attention to more affordable alternative targets. The club is interested in signing Jack Harrison from Leeds United to bolster their attacking options. However, the club has been rebuffed by the club from Yorkshire.

Leeds United has already sold two of their best players in Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips this summer. It is obvious that the club would not want to part ways with more important players of the team. Leeds United has clarified that they have no interest in selling Jack Harrison this summer.

Newcastle United will move to sign Harrison if the player wishes to leave

Jack Harrison moved to Leeds United from Manchester City in 2021 for £11 million. The player has been an integral part of the club and has been a mainstay in the first XI. Leeds United has clearly expressed their desire to retain the player this summer.

However, Jack Harrison has not clarified his stance on the transfer speculation yet. As of now, the player has not asked to leave or expressed a desire to move on. Newcastle United are waiting patiently for the player to make his stance clear. If Harrison expresses a willingness to leave Elland Road, then Newcastle United will make an offer for the player.

Although it seems reasonable for Newcastle United to identify other attacking options as Leeds United seems unlikely to sell this summer. The Magpies will look to push for a place in the top half in the upcoming season after their 11th-placed finish. In order to seriously finish in the top half, the team from Tyne and Wear will have to invest in their squad as the current crop of players are not enough for Eddie Howe to push for greater glory.

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