Everton are reportedly now ‘in talks’ to sign Leeds United winger Jack Harrison as they continue to push for fellow Whites winger Wilfried Gnonto.
It’s no secret that Sean Dyche is keen to add attacking reinforcements to his squad and it seems he is plotting a double raid on the Championship club.
Both Harrison and Gnonto impressed for Leeds in the Premier League last season but were ultimately unable to prevent them from being relegated to the Championship.
As previously reported by TEAMtalk, Everton have reached an agreement on personal terms with Gnonto. Publicly, Leeds have said they are unwilling to sell the winger, but reports suggest a bid of £25m could be enough to seal a deal.
The Italy international is actively trying to force an exit from the Yorkshire club. He has refused to play in Leeds’ last two games, much to the frustration of Daniel Farke.
In a recent interview, Farke said: “I want a group fully focused and committed. This club is bigger than any player or manager or board member.
“I’m not begging anyone ‘Please play for us’. If a player doesn’t want to be with us they can train alone and use their own dressing room. I need players who are fully committed to defending the shirt.
Harrison set for Everton medical imminently
According to Times journalist Paul Joyce, as cited by reputed Sky Sports reporter Alan Myers, Harrison could have his Everton medical ‘today,’ with the winger set to join the Toffees on loan.
On Twitter, Myers wrote: “Everton are in advanced discussions with Leeds over Jack Harrison loan.
“Harrison could have medical today but not expected to be ready to play due to an ongoing injury.”
This will come as a major boost to Everton who are in desperate need of attacking recruits. They scored just 34 goals in the Premier League last season and were almost relegated as a result.
In their first match against Fulham on Saturday, they had plenty of clear-cut chances but still couldn’t find the back of the net, and lost the game 1-0.
Harrison scored five goals and made seven assists in the Premier League last season, so bringing him in on loan is certainly a step in the right direction for Everton.
The deal will include an option to buy. It’s worth noting that Harrison has a £16m release clause in his Leeds contract, too.
Now, it will be interesting to see if Everton can seal a deal for Gnonto as well as Harrison in the next couple of weeks.