Everton could target Leeds United duo in transfer window as summer of change looms

Jack Harrison of Leeds United celebrates with teammate Wilfried Gnonto
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Everton could target a transfer raid for Leeds United duo Wilfried Gnonto and Jack Harrison as the summer transfer window quickly approaches.

The Whites will still be licking their wounds from their Championship play-off final defeat to Southampton at Wembley on Sunday afternoon. But attention will quickly turn to pre-season preparations, with the financial implications of failing to secure Premier League football next campaign soon realised.

It is thought a number Daniel Farke 's squad from the 2023/24 season will be moved on from Elland Road as the Yorkshire club look to comply with the EFL's financial regulations. It is reported that Leeds owe around £170million in transfer fee instalments to other clubs, with £100million potentially needing to be raised from player sales this summer.

The likes of Crysencio Summerville, Georginio Rutter and Gnonto have all been cited as potential options for the Whites to offload in the coming months. Archie Gray, who has once again been linked with a move to Bayern Munich this week, along with Illan Meslier are two other players who could also depart.

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Leeds will welcome back nine players to Thorp Arch following their respective loan spells this season. Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen and Harrison are just a few of the names who will return to Yorkshire.

Twenty-seven-year-old Harrison spent the campaign on loan at Everton, helping them maintain their Premier League status following a season filled with off-field issues. The Englishman made 29 appearances for the Toffees and Sean Dyche is hopeful of securing a permanent move for the attacker with talks planned over the coming weeks as the Merseyside club learn of their financial status in terms of completing transfers.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Everton could look at a deal for Gnonto, who they previously tried to entice to the club at the start of this season. The Italian international handed in a transfer request and refused to play for Farke's side having seen two bids rejected by the Whites from the Premier League outfit.