According to the Daily Mail, Leicester City is interested in 20-year-old New York City FC winger Jack Harrison. He is reportedly valued at around £6 million.
The burgeoning MLS star was born in England and spent several years in Manchester United’s academy. At the age of 14 he moved to the United States where he would eventually attend Wake Forest University. In his one season at the school he was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year.
Harrison recently completed his second season in the MLS, finishing with ten goals and six assists in 34 appearances. He was also called up to the England u21 squad for the first time earlier this year.
Leicester City is said to be joined by the likes of Everton and Brighton & Hove Albion in their pursuit of the promising prospect.
As a result of Major League Soccer’s distinct schedule, Harrison may be an interesting option in the January transfer window. His season ended on Nov. 5, 2017 with a 4-3 loss on aggregate to the Columbus Crew in the MLS Cup Playoffs. This will give him months of recovery time before potentially making a move back across the pond.
While the Foxes once seemed to have decent depth at the wing positions, recent developments have made these spots less secure. Between Riyad Mahrez’s uncertain future, Marc Albrighton’s poor form, Bartosz Kapustka’s fade into obscurity, the sale of Tom Lawrence, and the disappointment of Ahmed Musa’s time at the club, there may be a spot on the team for Harrison after all.
Perhaps one day he could even start alongside fellow Three Lions youth international Demarai Gray, who signed an improved contract not long ago.
In the past, Harrison has stated his desire to move back to his homeland and play in the Premier League. An opportunity to do so with a club like Leicester City should prove to be enticing.
Though it may be too early to expect anything official, it’s never too early to become irrationally excited by the prospect of adding young talent to the team. For this reason I will now provide some highlights for Foxes fans to fantasize about:
Justin Meram ended up in Brooklyn after what @Harrison_Jack11 did to him. pic.twitter.com/TenBrEKDt8— NYCFC Nation (@NYCFCNation) October 22, 2017
️ | Keep voting for #NYCFC's Goal of the Year ➡️ https://t.co/EV6N7TNK5u— New York City FC (@NYCFC) November 14, 2017
Few more important than this one at Red Bull Arena from @Harrison_Jack11... #NYisBLUE pic.twitter.com/klQhVshXX6
#TekkersTuesday with @Harrison_Jack11. pic.twitter.com/nOpAhWYiAl— Major League Soccer (@MLS) October 3, 2017
2017 just keeps getting better for @Harrison_Jack11...— New York City FC (@NYCFC) October 3, 2017
Check out the newly minted member of the #YoungLions first 10 goals this year pic.twitter.com/UKHJaXzixc