By Jonty Banks

31st May, 2023 | 6:10pm

West Ham United should splash Declan Rice cash on Jack Harrison transfer as Leeds United may be forced to sell

With West Ham United likely to enter the transfer window with a war chest bolstered by the sale of Declan Rice, they must flex their muscles for the signing of Leeds United winger Jack Harrison this summer.

TalkSPORT reported (29 May) that the Hammers and Aston Villa were both interested in the signature of the Whites attacker, who has just been relegated to the Championship under Sam Allardyce.

And although Harrison signed a new contract at Elland Road earlier in the calendar year, Mo Ibrahim, who works with Gianluca Di Marzio, shared (15 April) that a relegation clause had been inserted into the deal.

Robbie Earnshaw labelled the forward “world-class” earlier in the campaign, and despite Leeds being relegated, he has been one of their standout players, netting five goals and contributing seven assists.

From a West Ham United perspective, if there has been any weakness in David Moyes’ side this season, it has been their lack of creativity at times.

Although Lucas Paqueta and Jarrod Bowen have come into their own in recent weeks, the latter has already been tipped with a move away from the London Stadium, with Newcastle eyeing a move for the England international.

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If Bowen were to leave the club in the upcoming transfer window, Harrison ticks a lot of boxes as a potential replacement.

The Englishman has bags of Premier League experience, still has plenty of football ahead of him at just 26 years old and would likely be available on a cut-price deal considering Leeds’ relegation.

The West Yorkshire outfit might be forced to sell Harrison in order to fund an overhaul of their squad for the 2023/24 campaign in the Championship, so the Hammers should step up their interest and force the club’s hand.

This is a transfer that makes sense on numerous levels, and West Ham should dig into their pockets to fund this exciting deal.