Newcastle United are in the hunt to sign New York City FC forward Jack Harrison, according to a report.
The Daily Star claims that the Magpies have shown an interest in Harrison, 21, but Championship big-spenders Middlesbrough are leading the chase for his signature.
It is understood that Boro manager Tony Pulis is confident of snapping up the England Under-21 international before Wednesday’s deadline and rates the wide-forward at £6million.
Stoke are also said to be interested in MLS star Harrison, and New York are said to be willing to offload him on a permanent basis this month.
Harrison has been a star for the MLS Eastern Conference franchise over the past few seasons and has been tipped for stardom by Chelsea and England legend Frank Lampard in the past.
“I speak to Jack all the time,” Lampard said to MLSsoccer.com in June. “I think there a lot of big things to come from Jack. I like him, he’s a great lad, great ability.”
The Stoke-born attacker made 37 appearances for New York in the 2017 season, scoring 10 goals in the process.
Football Insider verdict
Harrison is a very technically gifted player who is bound to move over the Atlantic in the next year or so. He has great ability and potential to become a Premier League player and Newcastle should ensure that they beat the competition to getting his signature. £6million is not a bad price for an England youth international who is only going to get better as the years go on. He could even prove to be a very good investment for the Magpies to sell on in the future. Lampard’s assessment of Harrison is also something that should be taken note of. The former Chelsea star knows what he is talking about having spent time at New York City and having been there alongside Harrison. Newcastle should try and get a deal done as soon as possible.
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