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Stoke City make bid for NYCFC's Jack Harrison - sources

Stoke City make bid for NYCFC's Jack Harrison - sources
From ESPN - January 20, 2018

Stoke City are hoping to sign New York City FC's budding English star Jack Harrison after making an official enquiry for his services, sources have confirmed to ESPN FC, though the midfielder says he's focused on his current club.

Harrison played at Manchester United's academy, but he left England at the age of 14 to try his luck in the United States.

The 21-year-old has impressed for NYCFC under Patrick Vieira over the last 18 months and was rewarded with a pair of call-ups to the England under-21 squad.

Harrison scored 10 goals with six assists in MLS last season, and his progress has not gone unnoticed with several Premier League clubs keeping a watching brief on him, sources said.

Goal.com, which first reported Stoke's interest, said Stoke had made a $4.5 million (3.25m) offer for Harrison, with incentives that could rise to $6m (4.3m), after NYCFC rejected a $3m (2.2m) offer.

Harrison did not deny the reports in an interview with ESPN FC on Saturday in the Los Angeles area as part of MLS's preseason media tour.

"Nothing is official right now. I just leave all that stuff to my agent," he said of the reports. "As of right now I am a New York City player, so my focus is here. I leave all of that with [my agency] to see what they can do."

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