Newcastle United didn’t make a deadline day bid for Jarrod Bowen because they didn’t feel his valuation matched the player’s criteria.
Chronicle Live claim that club insiders didn’t believe the Hull winger would immediately improve his team’s attack.
It was also thought the £20 million valuation was excessive for a player lacking in Premier League experience.
Bowen eventually signed for West Ham United close to the deadline.
The 23-year-old has been in fine form for the Tigers this season. He bagged 17 goals and registered six assists as Hull briefly flirted with the play-offs.
Bruce is clearly an admirer of Bowen. The nomadic manager signed the forward for Hull in 2014 during his time in charge at the club.
Newcastle did enjoy a decent January window. Bruce added Nabil Bentaleb, Valentino Lazaro and Danny Rose.
The Magpies are in 12th position in the Premier League and Bruce will hope those signings can lift them even higher.
Bruce oversaw a win over Oxford in the FA Cup on Tuesday night.
Despite leading 2-0, the League One outfit roared back to force extra-time.
Allan Saint-Maximin’s goal did ensure Newcastle’s blushes were spared when all was said and done, however.
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Hull’s £20 million valuation for Bowen isn’t really much in today’s market.
Admittedly he’s never played in the Premier League but at 23 there is plenty of time for him to improve.
Newcastle have struggled for creativity at times this season, particularly when Saint-Maximin has missed out through injury.
Bowen has shown in a tough Championship that he can score goals and register assists.
Newcastle would have certainly benefitted from his skill and quick feet, whilst he would probably have chipped in with his fair share of goals.
The Magpies will definitely watch with intrigue how Bowen does at West Ham.