Newcastle United defeated West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur to land a new player; a medical examination is scheduled.
Newcastle United has resisted offers from other teams in order to reach an agreement for Alfie Harrison, a highly-regarded young player from Manchester City.
Before signing for an undisclosed sum, the 18-year-old midfield player is anticipated to go through a physical on Tyneside in the coming days. Harrison, according to The Athletic, will sign a long-term deal and has been given a “clear path towards first-team action.”
Harrison made his debut for the under-21s in December and has eight goals in eight Premier League U18s games since joining Man City’s academy at the age of nine. Also, he has practiced with Pep Guardiola’s first squad. Due to “their visual resemblance and has recorded impressive goal and assist statistics for their age-group teams,” Harrison is allegedly compared to Erling Haaland.
Before choosing to relocate to St. James’ Park, Harrison reportedly drew interest from West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur, Brighton & Hove Albion, Celtic, Valencia, Borussia Dortmund, and Nice.
Paul Midgley, Newcastle’s head of youth recruitment, who joined from Man City in 2022, is believed to have been instrumental in the transfer, with discussions centered on Harrison’s clear path to the first team.
Lewis Miley, 17, is a perfect example of how Eddie Howe has demonstrated his willingness to give young players first-team experience. Miley has made 18 appearances this season. Amadou Diallo, Michael Ndiweni, Ben Parkinson, Alex Murphy, and others have all been seen on the bench in the interim.
Since assuming control of Newcastle in October 2021, the club’s owners have placed a high priority on the academy.