Top Winter Target May Be In Line For Improved Contract – But Will He Sign It?

Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen may soon be in line for an improved contract offer from his club. In a report from Hull Live, Hull City manager Grant McCann has indicated that the club could sit down with the 22-year-old to try and convince him to commit his future to the Championship club:

“It’s difficult because he’s a top player, he really is. I’m sure the club will sit down with Jarrod and put something to him.

“At the end of the day he’s a Hull City player this year and next. It’s down to Jarrod to sit down with the football club and arrange a new deal for himself.

“To be honest with you, I don’t think the club would ever stand in Jarrod’s way if a bigger club came in with the right value that the club want. We’ll see how those conversations go.”

Newcastle have been linked to the English winger since this summer when reports emerged of scouts watching him. He was even scouted at the same time as new right-back Emil Krafth’s whose club at the time, Amiens, traveled to Hull for a preseason friendly. However, once it was reported that Bowen would cost £20m, Newcastle’s interest seemed to have waned.

Recent reports have indicated the player is still high on Newcastle’s winter wishlist. While Bowen’s contract currently only runs until next summer, Hull do have a clause to extend it to 2021. This winter may be the last opportunity for Hull to get maximum value for a player they signed for nothing in 2014.

Jarrod Bowen– Hull’s high-flying winger

If Jarrod doesn’t move this winter and also refuses to sign a new contract, he will enter next season with just one season left on his deal assuming the club exercise their option. This will likely reduce the size of the transfer fee Hull can get for Bowen.

Last week, Hull Live writer Philip Buckingham wasn’t too confident that Bowen would sign a new deal with Hull. This is was his take on the situation:

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.

We’ll have to see what happens this winter but we do think that Bowen is one of Newcastle’s top targets. Since breaking into the Hull first team two years ago, he has scored 40 goals in 96 appearances from the right-wing. A fee in the £15m range would be some decent business for Newcastle.

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