Jarrod Bowen was a summer target of Newcastle but were reportedly put off by Hull City’s £20m price tag for their star player. The 22-year-old has continued his blistering form this season scoring 5 goals in 9 appearances. The left-footed right-winger has scored 42 goals in 109 appearances for the Tigers in his career.
Newcastle are reportedly interested in a possible winter move for Bowen, whose contract runs out next summer. However, Hull have an option to extend his deal a further year to 2021. While Hull City are likely to exercise that option, Newcastle could test the waters with an offer in January to see if they bite. This winter could be the last time Hull City could get good value for Bowen.
However, that would change if Bowen was to sign a new deal with his club. Hull Live writer Philip Buckingham has cast some doubt on whether Bowen would be willing to do that. Hull Live published their Q & A from fans today. One of the questions asked was about the contract situation of winger Jarrod Bowen.
Jarrod Bowen– on Newcastle’s radar for January?
A fan asked Buckingham what type of deal Bowen was currently on and what the likelihood would be for him to sign an improved deal. This was his response:
Well, Jarrod Bowen is on the same contract he signed almost two years ago as a relative unknown in the Championship. That leaves him below the average earner in City’s squad and way off the high earners.
I’d fully expect City to come up with an improved offer soon but it’s far from guaranteed Bowen will be happy to sign it. He wants to play in the Premier League and would he really have anything to gain by signing a new long-term deal with City?
The club would have to make it worth his while but finding the resources for that improved contract would not be straightforward. I’m expecting City to extend his current deal with the extra 12 months taking Bowen up to 2021 and then waiting to see what happens in the transfer windows in January and next summer.
Hull City are unlikely to get into a promotion push this year. They are currently in 14th place and don’t look like they have the goods to get much higher than that this season.
As Buckingham states, Bowen does not have anything to gain by staying at Hull beyond his current contract. He may be loyal to the club, but signing a long-term deal could doom him to playing his prime years in the second division.
It would make a lot of sense for both clubs to work out a deal in January. A fee of around £15m would allow Hull to get good value for a player they signed for nothing from Hereford in 2014. It would also be a fee that Newcastle would likely be able to stomach for a promising English youngster.
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