Jack Harrison is still number-one priority for Leeds United in the transfer market despite the availability of Real Madrid’s Lucas Vasquez.
That is according to ex-Leeds forward and lifelong fan Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Sun linked United with a move for the 29-year-old ahead of his contract expiring at Real in the summer.
Spanish outlet Sport (via Leeds Live) reported that the three-time Champions League winner wants a £2.6million salary after tax.
Harrison, 24, has spent three seasons on loan with Leeds and this site revealed in December that the club had negotiated permanent terms with Man City for around £10m.
Whelan insists that Harrison is a snip at this price and should remain the West Yorkshire club’s top priority as he could have a “future England role.”
He told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs: “He’s still looking like an absolute bargain. He’s only 24. Perfect timing.
“He’s someone who will progress and could have a future England role. He’s gone through a little dip but on the whole, he has been much more consistent. He always produces something.
“I thought the other night against Fulham he was excellent. His work rate was fantastic, he was great on the ball, he set up Bamford’s goal. He looked like he was getting back to the Jack Harrison that we know.
“At £10m, you’re kidding me. Who else are we going to get for that price that’s anywhere near Jack Harrison.”
Harrison has played 28 times for Leeds in the league this season, scoring six goals and chipping in with five assists.
Nine-time Spain international Vasquez meanwhile has featured 22 times for Los Blancos in La Liga, netting five times and registering another five assists.