Leeds United have sealed their fourth signing of the summer by finalising a season-long loan deal for Manchester City winger Jack Harrison.
City manager Pep Guardiola has agreed to send Harrison to work under United head coach Marcelo Bielsa following lengthy discussions between the two coaches over a move to the Championship and Elland Road.
The 21-year-old was unveiled by Leeds tonight having passed a medical earlier in the day.
Stoke-born Harrison joined Guardiola’s squad in January after spending two years in America with New York City, the MLS side controlled by Manchester City’s owners.
He moved out to Middlesbrough on a temporary basis last season but played just four times and failed to start a competitive game.
Guardiola, though, sees long-term potential in Harrison and was persuaded by Bielsa to allow him to leave the Etihad Stadium for the forthcoming Championship term. Harrison had been involved with City’s senior squad in their pre-season tour of the USA.
Speaking to LUTV, Harrison said: “I spoke with Pep a little bit about (Bielsa) and he had a lot of encouraging words. Obviously a lot of his ideas and philosophy are built around some of the same one’s here. For him to be saying that about Marcelo is really encouraging in what it means for me.
“I’m a winger, I like to attack, score goals and try and assist as much as I can. I’m looking forward to doing plenty of that.”
Leeds have been looking for a winger throughout the summer and recently missed out on Dutchman Florian Jozefzoon, who opted to join Derby County from Brentford. United, however, have landed Harrison in time for their opening league game against Stoke City this weekend.
Harrison is a former Liverpool and Manchester United youth player who moved to the USA as a 14-year-old. He cut his teeth with New York City, scoring 14 times in 57 appearances, and earned a contract to 2021 when Manchester City recruited him in the last January window.
Leeds’ transfer business has intensified dramatically in the past few days with left-back Barry Douglas arriving on a three-year deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers and striker Patrick Bamford poised to sign in a £7m switch from Middlesbrough.
Bamford was scheduled to begin a medical with Leeds today and should complete his transfer in the next 48 hours.