According to the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas, Newcastle’s interest in Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen was “genuine” over the summer.
The 22-year-old was reportedly one of the names we were looking at to replace Ayoze Perez, but Douglas insists that we were unwilling to pay the winger’s asking price – believed to be set at £20m by Hull.
Douglas confirms that he’s a player NUFC scouts have watched ‘a few times’ and believes he’s a player that ‘ticks every box’ for the club, but feels any January move will be dependant on Hull reducing their asking price, him set to be out of contract next summer.
Here’s what the Chronicle’s editor has had to say about Bowen today during their latest Q&A session:
“They like Bowen and Steve Nickson’s scouting team have watched him a few times.
“Their interest in Bowen in the summer was genuine – although I do recall Steve Bruce playing down any imminent bid in the rain at Preston. They simply wouldn’t meet Hull’s asking price – but in January, with six months left on his deal, will the Tigers cut that £20million tag?
“That’s on them but Newcastle’s plan is to start bringing in younger, up-and-coming talent and he ticks every box.”
Bowen bagged an outstanding 22 goals across the 2018/19 season and has begun the new campaign with 3 goals and 1 assists in 5 Championship appearances.
It remains to be seen if we’re still in the market for a winger now we have signed Saint-Maximin and have seen Atsu perform well in recent weeks, however Almiron’s goal drought couples with loan moves away for Aarons and Murphy could leave Bruce wanting another option in January.
One to watch? We shall see, although I can’t see us paying anywhere near £20m for a player who’ll be available on a free next summer.