The Jarrod Bowen to Newcastle talk is still very much in play at the moment. The 22-year-old forward has yet to sign the new three-year deal that Hull City has put on the table.
Bowen has recently stated that he is only concentrating on his football but would meet with his representatives over the international break to discuss the offer.
With the winter window fast approaching, the longer Bowen’s contract offer remains unsigned, the more the talk of a move to Newcastle is going to ramp up.
Hull City manager Grant McCann was asked about Jarrod Bowen’s situation in the lead up to Hull’s Sunday match at Middlesborough.
This is what McCann has to say as published in the Hull Daily Mail:
“We would love him to sign a new deal but we understand where he is at.
“He has got a year and a half left, it’s completely down to Jarrod and his representatives but I think he is focused on his football. That is the most important thing.
“I don’t think anything can swerve him away from what he does on an everyday level really and leading into a game.
“Jarrod knows that will be sorted out between his representatives and the football club, me and him can concentrate on the football.”
We just don’t believe that it is in Bowen’s best interest to sign the offer at the moment. By extending his stay at Hull another three years, it would likely price him out of a move to a Premier League club either this winter or in the summer.
If Hull City failed to gain promotion this year, Jarrod’s dream of playing in England’s top-flight would be thwarted for at least another year.
McCann was asked if Bowen not signing his contract offer would cause problems for Hull in the January transfer window. This was his response:
“I’m not sure, I think the club are quite calm, I think Jarrod is quite calm.
“I’ve said it before, he is the best in the league at what he does and he is a real asset to us.
“Hopefully, it can be sorted out one way or another but at the minute, we are all fine.”
This is a diplomatic response from the manager and not likely one that is shared by the majority of Hull City supporters who will be extremely nervous about Bowen’s future. It is a dicey situation for Hull at the moment because if they lose Bowen, then any chance of a promotion push this season is out the window.
Though, there is a report in the Daily Star that Steve Bruce is willing to wait until the summer to get his top target. If Bowen does not sign his new deal, Hull City is likely to trigger a one-year extension to keep him until the summer of 2021.
However, with just the one year left on his deal and if Hull are still a Championship side this summer, Newcastle could get Bowen for even less than the reported £15-20m it would take to get him this January.
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