Leeds United transfer news RECAP: Key factor in potential Jack Harrison to Whites deal revealed
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Last updated: Monday, 20 April, 2020, 14:00
- Jack Harrison transfer key factor revealed, according to reports
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Danny Mills speaks out on potential Leeds United transfer
Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills has suggested that the Whites should be aiming for better than Cameron Brannagan after the Oxford man was linked with a switch to Elland Road.
It has been claimed that Brannagan could be able for a ‘bargain’ price in the summer as Oxford, like many other clubs, face up to the financial implications that not having any games in recent months will bring.
If a move to Leeds did happen, the former Liverpool academy graduate would be expecting to join a side in the Premier League. The Yorkshire outfit currently boast a seven-point cushion over third-placed Fulham in the race for automatic promotion with just nine games left in the second-tier.
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Martin Tyler on Elland Road and it's readiness for the Premier League
Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler said: “The view is excellent.
“It would be ready for Premier League television coverage if Leeds do earn the promotion which looked so likely when the season came to this abrupt halt.”
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Reports over the weekend have claimed that one suggestion that could be explored amid the coronavirus pandemic is to cut up the three divisions that make up the Football League below the Premier League into north and south groups.
This would be seen as a way of cutting costs of travel and accommodation.
It could mean that Leeds would play juust 11 home games at Elland Road.
That would mean the Whites would take quite a hit in terms of match-day revenue.
Leeds, of course, will still hope to find themselves in the top flight come the beginning of next season after a brilliant season so far.
The suggestion that Leeds could still make up a 22-team Premier League next term resurfaced last week.
The Sun on Sunday state: “A league revamp would involve the 12 teams in each sub-division clashing home and away before coming together for play-offs to decide promotion and perhaps relegation.
“This would, in theory, reduce the risk of the competition having to shut down in the wake of new Covid-19 outbreaks.
“It would also cut travel and accommodation costs.”
Jack Harrison transfer key factor revealed - reports
Money is expected to be the deciding factor in Leeds United’s attempts to sign Jack Harrison on a permanent deal in the summer transfer window, according to reports.
Leeds are reaping the rewards of re-signing Harrison on loan for a second season, with the 23-year-old in fine form down the left, scoring five goals and registering seven assists this season and developing excellently under Marcelo Bielsa.
On whether there would be City resistance to Leeds moving for Harrison, Manchester Evening News reporter Simon Bajkowski said: “Not if it was for the right price, although as just mentioned, who knows what state the transfer market will be in.
“Will around £8m in a few months be the same value as it was last season? Will Leeds be offering Premier League or Championship football?”
Another factor will be where Harrison sees his future, but again, Bajkowski looped back to figures.
He continued: “If the player wants to go I think he will go with City’s blessing, but only for the right price.”