Leeds United have reportedly made an approach for Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen, according to reports.
The Sun has reported that Leeds are ready to offer the Tigers a £3 million loan fee for the attacker, which would become a £15 million permanent deal should Leeds earn Premier League promotion.
The report claims that Bowen is valued at £20 million by Hull but they might be tempted to consider the deal.
Since that report, the YEP have suggested Leeds hold no such interest, but fans are right to be excited over the possibility.
Bowen has been in fine form this season. The 23-year-old has scored 17 goals and provided five assists from 30 games for Hull and Leeds clearly need extra firepower in attack.
However, the deal has alarming similarities to the big January deal Leeds missed out on last season.
Leeds were all set on signing Welsh youngster Daniel James from Swansea City last winter. The deal looked as good as done, with James at Elland Road and a medical completed.
However, Swansea pulled the deal at the last minute. The structure of the deal suddenly appeared warped to the Welsh side, according to the BBC.
Just like with Bowen, Leeds were hoping to sign him initially on loan, with the hope of paying for his permanent services as a Premier League side in the summer.
As reported by the YEP, the initial fee would have been as low as £750,000. Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins reportedly blocked the deal. Two days later, Jenkins left the Liberty Stadium after 17 years.
Swansea were right to reject the deal. In the end, James’ form improved even more and caught the eye of Manchester United. The Red Devils paid a reported (BBC) £15 million for the winger in the summer.
Hull will surely not want to let Bowen go considering how the James’ saga ended up being so profitable to Swansea.
With a year extension clause in his current deal, Hull are in no rush to sell and could conceivably make a far better sale in the summer. Leeds would appear to be going down a familiar rabbithole if they do continue this pursuit of Bowen.