Harrison departs with Adams likely to follow him out the door
Tuesday, 15th Aug 2023 08:16 by Tim Whelan
Jack Harrison has become the latest player to leave the club on loan as he heads to Everton, while Tyler Adam’s release clause has been activated by AFC Bournemouth, although Liverpool might consider a late bid.
Harrison’s move was completed yesterday after he came through his medical, despite his minor hip injury that will keep him out until after the September international break. The 26-year-old has been at Leeds for five years, the first three of which were on loan from Manchester City, scoring 34 goals during his 206 appearances.
Unfortunately we won’t be getting any loan fee, and the deal doesn’t include any option for Everton to convert it into a permanent transfer at the end of the season, though Sean Dyche is said to be planning to negotiate a fee with us when the time comes. Aston Villa also enquired about a possible loan, but unlike the Goodison Park mob they decided against signing a player who wasn’t currently fit.
The 49ers have copped a bit of flack on social media as it was at their insistence we didn’t complete the deal to sell him to Leicester in January for £22m. With the benefit of hindsight that would have left us much better off than we are now, but at the time we were optimistic that we would avoid relegation, so Harrison would still have a useful role at Leeds.
Harrison was inconsistent, but a great player for us on his day and conducted himself well, and he leaves with our best wishes. Unlike Gnonto, who still interests Everton according to Sky Sports, despite his recent antics. The Toffees are a bit short of options on the flanks now Demarai Gray has fallen out of favour (speaking of inconsistent wingers), but with Leeds playing hardball over the Italian they will have to meet our valuation of £30m.
Chelsea have decided against signing Tyler Adams now they have signed Moises Caicedo, and learned that Romeo Lavia would prefer to join them rather than Liverpool. But Bournemouth have now activated his release clause of £20 million and are now in talks with Adams and his representatives. Yet according to the Times Liverpool might also be interested, although they have yet to make a formal bid.
Liverpool are in need of a defensive midfield player after the departure of Jordan Henderson, with new signing Alexis Mac Allister looking uncomfortable in that role on Sunday. It might make sense for them to move for Adams after being knocked back by Caicedo and Lavia, though they might be leaving it a bit late. Brighton are not interested in Adams despite previous reports, according to Ben Jacobs of CBS.
I haven’t been sorry to see the back of some of the departing players, but Harrison and Adams were two of the ones I would love to see us keep hold of. Sadly it wasn’t to be, so we now have to hope for some incoming signings by the end of the month.
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