Leeds United could offer star player ‘double-your-money contract’ to ward off Newcastle United interest

Former Man City star was liked with £20m move to St James Park in summer. Eddie Howe could return in January if Elland Road side fail to negotiate new contract.

It looks like things are really starting to click for Newcastle United after a somewhat slow start to the 2022/23 Premier League season.

Eddie Howe’s side have recorded back-to-back wins in their last two matches after managing just one victory from their opening seven and now sit sixth in English football’s top flight table. Their blistering attacking power has resulted in nine goals from the wins over Brentford and Fulham but there could still be scope to add even more options in that area of the park when the January transfer window opens in two and a half months.

One player who they were thought to be interested in during the summer was Leeds United winger Jack Harrison but recent reports suggest that the Yorkshire club could be about to offer the Englishman a bumper new deal to secure his future at Elland Road.

Leeds United to offer Jack Harrison ‘double’ current salary to ward off Newcastle United interest

Per a report from Football Insider, Leeds United are ready to offer Jack Harrison a “double-your-money” new contract. The 25-year old winger is currently contracted till the summer of 2024 but was the subject of widespread transfer speculation during the last window with Newcastle thought to be the most likely contenders for his signature.

With that in mind, the publication’s sources are claiming that Leeds will open contract discussions with Harrison soon and will present him with a “huge” pay increase.

The Englishman is believed to be on a salary of around £40,000 p/w and the new offer from Leeds could see that increase to £80,000. However, that would still not put him amongst the highest earners at Elland Road with Rodrigo Moreno thought to be receiving over £100,000 p/w.

Newcastle’s summer offer was thought to be in the region of £20 million plus add-ons and a similar deal could very well be enough to land the former Manchester City man in January, if contract talks stumble and the Yorkshire side make the decision to cash in while they can.

However, it is important to note that no new reports linking Harrison with a January move to St James’ Park have emerged. Eddie Howe may reignite his rumored interest in the player or could already have turned his attention to other targets.