'Goosebumps' - West Ham & Tottenham Hotspur transfer target reacts to joining Newcastle United

Alfie Harrison has spoken about his move from Manchester City to Newcastle United. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)Alfie Harrison has spoken about his move from Manchester City to Newcastle United. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)
Alfie Harrison has spoken about his move from Manchester City to Newcastle United. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)
Newcastle United signed the midfielder from Premier League rivals Manchester City on January transfer deadline day.

Alfie Harrison says he is "buzzing" to join Newcastle United and has already set his sights on stepping into the first-team.

The 18-year-old midfielder arrived from Premier League rivals Manchester City for an undisclosed fee on January transfer deadline day and penned a two-and-a-half-year contract. It's understood Harrison had attracted interest from West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton & Hove Albion, Celtic, Valencia, Borussia Dortmund and Nice before opting to move to the North East.

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The youngster was first in attendance at St James' Park for the 4-4 draw against Luton Town earlier this month, an experience that only fuelled his desire to make the move a success.

Speaking to the club's matchday programme about his arrival, Harrison said: "I'm buzzing to join such a big club in Newcastle United with such a big fanbase. Everyone in Newcastle is so passionate about their football and I can see a good pathway for myself if I keep working hard and pushing on.

"The interest that the club have shown in me was a really big factor in wanting to make the move and I really like the place. I've been to St James' Park already and I have to admit, it did take me back a bit. I went to the game against Luton and the atmosphere inside the stadium was unbelievable.

"It really surprised me at how good it was and I was getting goosebumps just thinking just thinking what it would be like to be out there on the pitch myself."

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Harrison has scored eight times in eight Premier League under-18s games for Man City this term and made his under-21s debut in December.

Newcastle head of youth recruitment Paul Midgley, who joined from the Citizens in 2022, played a key role in the move with talks centred around Harrison having a clear path towards first-team action. "Leaving a club is part of football and whatever you think will get you to the next level, you will sacrifice that, but I will still make time for my family and see them a lot," Harrison added.

"I'd been at Manchester City for nine years, joining the club's academy when I was nine years old, so it's all a new challenge moving up here but one I am relishing and really ready to try and grasp.

"I'd say my main strengths are scoring goals and being able to affect games. I feel like I am good to watch and I don't like losing. I'm a winner so I'm very passionate. I believe in my own ability and you've got to be playing well to get those kind of opportunities but I believe I can do so.

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"I think this season has gone well so far and I just need to continue that here at Newcastle. I want to break into Newcastle's under-21s team and play at a high level, affecting games with goals and assists to help the team.

"In a few years, I'd like to be in the first team. If I was a kid now, looking at me signing for Newcastle United, it's what dreams are made of. I'm really looking forward to what is coming and how I can progress in the coming years."

Harrison made his debut for Newcastle's under-21s last Saturday, playing 60 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool.

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