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Newcastle United are set to double their bid for winger Jack Harrison in an attempt at Leeds United to sell a player seen as an integral part of Jesse Marsch’s plans this season.
It’s proving to be a tough market for the Magpies – trapped between the expectation that they’ll spend big and the reality that they’re operating within tighter financial parameters than many realize in this summer window.
They have a real and long-standing interest in Harrison, against whom they would have had a clear race had Leeds been relegated. But an initial survey earlier this month came in well below Leeds’ valuation of over £30m.
Now Leeds are digging in their heels and Newcastle’s transfer hierarchy is left in an all-too-familiar waiting pattern. The club would like to add at least two more players, while continuing to recruit young players to their academy.
The Magpies faced the dilemma of moving to targets now or waiting for the transfer block to clear for other options to come back into play.
Burnley’s Dwight McNeil has been involved in talks over the left-wing vacancy and Newcastle have a long-standing interest that predates the 22-year-old’s current ownership group.
The Magpies want – ideally – to have at least one more player on board ahead of the Premier League opener against Nottingham Forest, but top sources have stressed that it needs to be I that having the right player is more important than adding to the squad for fun.
The profile for any striker addition would be a younger player capable of supporting Callum Wilson, which is why Red Bull Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko is appealing.
But I have been told the Austrian side are keen to keep the striker, whose agent was at Newcastle earlier this week. They see him as central to the future of the club.
Parrot in demand
Sunderland are among a group of Championship clubs interested in Tottenham’s Troy Parrott.
The Republic of Ireland striker is available on loan again and the Black Cats have made an offer, but Spurs say they want the striker in the No.9 role next season after a campaign as No. 10 at MK Dons.
It would be a huge blow for the newly promoted Championship club, whose recruitment profile boiled down to their move for promising West Ham defender Aji Alese.
The Black Cats are also hoping to negotiate a permanent deal for Nathan Broadhead, after entering talks with Everton.
Business never stops in Liverpool
There is more movement in Liverpool’s academy as the club look to place a new recruitment manager between the ages of 9 and 14.
It’s a crucial role that requires expertise in the region, with the academy limiting itself to signing players who live within 90 minutes of where they are. Job specifications include developing good relationships with grassroots and elite clubs in the area.
In the post-Brexit world, all Premier League clubs are stepping up their efforts to boost their domestic scouting, particularly at academy level. Clubs face strict limits on bringing in young players from Europe, so the battle for top local talent has intensified.
The Reds also had a shake-up in their medical department.
Training Ground Guru reports that they have appointed Belgian Frigyes Vanden Auweele as the head of osteopathy, a practice that aims to prevent injury by moving, stretching and massaging the joints. It is understood this is the only such role in the Premier League and is a newly created role at Liverpool.
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