According to a report from the Chronicle, Newcastle United’s hopes of signing Jarrod Bowen have been boosted slightly with the Hull City forward understood to be open to a move to St James’ Park.
It appears to be a matter of time before Bowen is plying his trade in the Premier League. He has scored 40 goals in 106 Championship games for Hull, including 22 last season.
The Tigers are seemingly hoping to delay Bowen’s move to the top flight. The Chronicle reports that the youngster is out of contract in the summer, but Hull plan to take up the option in his deal that would allow them to extend those terms by 12 months.
The report suggests that Bowen is open to joining Newcastle – though it remains to be seen whether the Magpies will be prepared to offer enough to land the 22-year-old.
The Daily Express recently reported that the asking price is set to be around £20 million.
It may appear to be something of a gamble to pay that sort of money for Bowen. He is unproven at the highest level, and it would not be a big surprise if that fee would take a huge bite out of Steve Bruce’s January budget.
But Bowen could prove to be an inspired signing for that fee. Newcastle appear to need greater quality going forward, and they would arguably do well to get a player of his potential for a lower fee.
Bowen’s reported willingness to move to Tyneside may also perhaps help Bruce’s men. If it becomes clear that he will not sign a new contract with Hull, they may be more open to agreeing a lower fee before his value drops significantly.