Leeds United loan clause active again and paving the way for latest Elland Road exit

-Credit: (Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Another loan deal in the Leeds United squad is expected to go through in the coming days with Jack Harrison returning to Everton. The 27-year-old started 25 of the Toffees’ Premier League matches last season and Sean Dyche wants to have him back at Goodison Park from August.

However, it will not be a permanent deal, as first reported by The Athletic. United’s Championship status means last summer’s loan clause remains active in this transfer window, leaving Leeds powerless to stop any club from taking Harrison if they agree to pay his wages in full.

Harrison spoke warmly about his time on Merseyside throughout last season and it is no major surprise he is set for a second year there. The Whites had no expectation Harrison would want to play for them in the second tier and will now revisit his situation in 2025.

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There are another four years left on the contract Harrison signed in January last year, after United pulled the plug on his Leicester City transfer at the 11th hour. Should Leeds win promotion next season, there may be a debate about Harrison playing again for United.

Another of last term’s loanees, Marc Roca, is also expected to settle his future in the coming days. A permanent transfer to Real Betis has been virtually agreed and the Spaniard should leave for good with two years remaining on his contract.

Luke Ayling has agreed a contract with Middlesbrough ahead of his Leeds deal expiring, while Ian Poveda and Lewis Bate have also been released.