The Telegraph have an exclusive report that Newcastle are preparing a ‘firm bid’ for Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen.
The report claims that after Wednesday’s transfer meeting, Mike Ashley will trust Steve Bruce’s judgment on the players he is targeting this window.
Newcastle will move to test Hull City’s resolve to hold onto Bowen, who has yet to sign the three-year contract offer Hull put on the table in October.
There is a follow-up to this report in Hull Live stating that a bid close to Hull’s valuation of £20m would be strongly considered due to Bowen’s value likely dropping significantly this summer.
While Hull is likely to trigger Bowen’s 1-year extension to 2021, he’ll still only have one year remaining on his contract this summer. So if Hull are resigned to losing Bowen, this month is the time to cash in.
Hull Live does cite Steve Bruce’s contentious history with the Hull’s owner Assem Allam as possibly being an issue in an agreement being reached. However, we think that may be a bit overblown and wouldn’t be the sole reason for any deal falling apart.
This morning Keith Downie with Sky Sports also mentioned Jarrod Bowen in a tweet along with Inter Milan’s Valentino Lazaro.
Inter willing to allow Valentino Lazaro leave on loan after the arrival of Ashley Young and potential arrival of Christian Eriksen. Get the impression the Austrian isn’t the only one Steve Bruce is looking at. Jarrod Bowen is one that just doesn’t seem to go away #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) January 17, 2020
Bowen has been a long-term target of Newcastle’s ever since Bruce took the helm in July of last year. While the winger has a lot of admirers, no one has put in a bid for the 23-year-old as of yet.
There were reports yesterday that Leeds were about to launch an attempt to bring Bowen in on loan for the remainder of the season. However, that doesn’t seem like such a good deal for Hull.
Hopefully, Newcastle put in a respectable first bid and not a derisory one, which they are apt to do. They’ll want to be careful not to ruffle Hull’s feathers too much with low ball offers.
We think an opening bid in the £15-18m range would be a good starting point. It’ll likely be rejected but will be a signal to Hull and Bowen that Newcastle are serious in finally getting the player to Tyneside.
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