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Jack Harrison will not sign new Leeds United deal after having head turned, pundit warns

Jack Harrison Leeds August 2022

Leeds United winger Jack Harrison will be looking for a big pay day for his next contract and will not sign a new deal at Elland Road, according to Gabby Agbonlahor.

Former Aston Villa star Agbonlahor has not endeared himself to the Leeds fans over the last few years. In fact the talkSPORT pundit has made himself public enemy No 1 after a series of anti-Leeds views.

Agbonlahor was a critic of Marcelo Bielsa and claimed he had seen “Sunday league managers” who are more tactically aware than Bielsa after Leeds lost 6-0 to Liverpool. He then joked he would be applying for the job when the Argentinian was later sacked.

And his latest comments will certainly not go down well with the Leeds fans or boss Jesse Marsch.

Speaking to Football Insider, Agbonlahor, who was capped three times by England, believes Harrison will leave Leeds.

The former New York City FC man is in the final two years of his contract with the Whites. And he was the subject of transfer interest from Newcastle in the summer.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein claimed an offer in the region of £20m was rejected last month. But Newcastle returned with an offer in excess of £20m, but Leeds again knocked back the bid.

Leeds made it clear they had no intention of selling Harrison, who was an £11m purchase from Man City last summer. And they are now hoping to tie down the winger to a new deal in order to fend off any January interest in the player.

But Agbonlahor thinks Leeds will struggle to get Harrison to commit to a new deal and may have had his head turned by Newcastle.

Harrison chasing pay day

Asked whether Harrison will want a release clause in a potential new contract, Agbonlahor said: “It’s more than that.

“It’s ‘can I go and get double-and-a-half my money at Newcastle? Or, sign for a little bit more at Leeds?’

“Leeds won’t be big payers. Maybe, he’s looking at that.

“Football, yes, you love playing at clubs but you want to be earning as much money as possible.

“Maybe that’s going through his mind. He’ll see Dan Burn, Trippier and all these players going for big money wages and thinking of that himself.

“I don’t think he signs a new contract unless Leeds improve his pay a lot.”

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