There were a couple of reports yesterday that Steve Bruce wants to add two players in January. The first reference was in a Chronicle piece in which Lee Ryder stated the following:
For Bruce, who hopes to sign a winger and a mobile central midfielder in January, he knows this is only the first phase of his stint in charge.
In a Q&A also in the Chronicle, Mark Douglas reaffirmed what his colleague had stated. This is what Douglas wrote when asked which players Newcastle could be pursuing in January:
United want a couple in January and they’ve been scouting in France, Portugal and Spain recently. There’s also been a renewed focus on the Championship and domestically at possible targets they could take out of their Premier League rivals. The focus has been on attacking midfielders who can add a bit of threat.
Jarrod Bowen of Hull City keeps getting mentioned to me and he’s someone the club have been monitoring for a while. He ticks all the boxes: he’s young, talented and Newcastle can offer him first team chances
Bowen was scouted this summer and has been touted as a top target ever since. His name is the one that gets brought up most often as a target for January.
The 22-year-old’s current contract runs until next summer though Hull City have a clause that can trigger another year. We would imagine Hull would likely activate that clause to keep him until 2021.
Interestingly, Hull have been experimenting with Jarrod Bowen in a more central role recently. This is what Hull Live journalist Philip Buckingham had to say when asked about Bowen playing in the middle against Cardiff a few weeks back:
An interesting issue this one. Personally, I don’t think a central role plays to Jarrod Bowen’s strengths. He likes to get at full-backs and force them on to the back foot with his dribbling and pace.
You need a different skill-set to play as a number 10 and it’s something he would have to work on. That’s not to say it isn’t an option once a game is unfolding. I thought Bowen did pretty well against Cardiff on Saturday but that came at a point when the game was starting to become stretched.
Bowen is definitely a talent that likely can make the jump to the Premier League. He is still on his original deal from 2016 when he joined Hull on a free transfer from Hereford United. So he will be on minuscule wages for a player of his ability.
The fact that he has not signed a new deal by this point after two stellar seasons in the Championship could show an inclination that the winger is ready to move.
Hull City put a £20m price tag on Bowen in the summer. We would expect them to try and hold out for that this winter, though with his contract running down a bid in the £15m range could be enough to get a deal done.