Manchester City could sign England U21 midfielder and loan him to Middlesbrough – report

Manchester City could step in and sign New York City FC midfielder Jack Harrison after his mooted transfer to Stoke City collapsed, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

The 21-year-old made headlines recently by being called up for the England under-21 team despite playing in Major League Soccer, and has been on the radar of several English clubs.

A move to Stoke was expected to go through, but NYCFC are said to have ‘moved the goalposts’ on the fee, meaning Stoke-born Harrison may see his Premier League dream shattered – for now at least.

Unless, that is, NYCFC’s partner club Manchester City snap him up quickly, something that could happen, it is claimed by the Stoke Sentinel.

Championship side Middlesbrough are one of the interested parties, and there is a suggestion that Harrison could move to Man City, then immediately joined Tony Pulis’ side on loan.

Time is running out for such a deal to happen, but were it to, he’d be the second player to have represented NYCFC to join Manchester City, after Mix Diskerud’s surprising transfer on Saturday.

City have no plans to use Diskerud and will look to loan him out or sell him on for a quick profit, according to reports. Harrison is a more valuable talent, and it would be interesting to see what the long-term strategy would be were he to make the move to the Etihad Stadium.

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