There were reports this week that Newcastle had admitted defeat in their pursuit for Jarrod Bowen.
The claim was that Newcastle were unwilling to match Hull’s valuation of £20m for the winger who has turned 23 today. To compound the issue, Steve Bruce also has a contentious relationship with Hull City owners from when he left the club.
That, along with the recent interest of Leicester City and Tottenham, has seemingly lengthened the odds of Newcastle being able to bring in the prolific forward.
However, Mark Douglas in the Chronicle did state Newcastle still maintained an interest in Bowen and hadn’t given up on him entirely.
Bowen is still yet to sign a three-year contract extension with the Tigers that was offered in October. However, that may not affect Hull’s stance on selling Bowen in January.
Jarrod Bowen– Newcastle still interested in winger
They have maintained that it will take at least a bid of £20m for them to consider selling him. But recent comments from manager Grant McCann to HullLive have distanced them from any deal for Bowen being sanctioned next month.
“I think the club have made it clear that he’s not for sale. Not in this window, anyway.
“We’re really pleased for Jarrod to be here and Jarrod is loving being here.
“He’s on 16 goals now. He got 22 in total last year and he’s on 16 already. The improvement from the boy since the start of this season has been second to none.
“We’re not even at Christmas yet so it’s a phenomenal return from him. Long may it continue.”
Hull are desperate to keep Bowen for the second half of the season as they make a promotion push. From the stats McCann has cited, you can see why. Though they have dropped to 14th in the table, they are still only 5 points out of a playoff place.
The Jarrod Bowen saga is likely to continue for some time. It could work out to Newcastle’s benefit if Bowen does not move next month.
He’ll have just one year remaining on his current deal if Hull trigger his year-long extension, and would likely be one of our top targets this summer when we would be more willing to make a move.
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