Jesse Marsch has revealed that Leeds United did not even consider selling rumoured Tottenham target Jack Harrison during the summer transfer window.
Tottenham were reportedly on the lookout for an attacking reinforcement towards the end of the transfer window, with Bryan Gil being backed to rejoin Valencia on loan (The Athletic).
Journalist Lyall Thomas said on Sky Sports live transfer blog (11:54 am 23/08/22) two weeks ago that Harrison was one of the options on the radars of Antonio Conte’s men.
Thomas explained that Newcastle were also eyeing a move for the 25-year-old, who was said to be valued at around £60m by Leeds.
However, Harrison stayed put at Elland Road while Spurs failed to get an attacking player through the door late in the window and ended up hanging on to Gil.
Marsch has now stated that he considers Harrison to be an important part of his plans and that selling the former Manchester City man was never on the cards.
When asked about the winger, the Leeds boss told Leeds Live: “Jack has been great. From day one I think he’s been one of the players who has adapted best to what we’re trying to do now. I think he’s having a really excellent start to the season and so he’s happy here.
“I haven’t even discussed anything with Jack about transfers because for us it’s a non-negotiable situation. Jack has even more room for improvement and I think he will continue to do so.”
Spurs Web Opinion
The problem Spurs had in finding a suitable replacement for Gil, is the fact that Conte already has Kane, Son, Kulusevsk, Richarlison and Moura at his disposal.
That meant that any winger we signed would have been fifth/sixth choice and would have likely only made a handful of appearances off the bench.
Not only would it not make sense to spend big on a player for that role but relative big names like Zaha and Harrison would have wanted to be more than just squad players.
That is why Tottenham may have gone after players like Dan James and were seemingly keener on a loan signing than a permanent one.
Have something to tell us about this article?