Steve Bruce has urged club chiefs to bring Hull City star Jarrod Bowen to the club in January, according to the Northern Echo.
This comes from their Chief Football Writer Paul Fraser, who claims Bowen is a player Bruce identified immediately after landing the job in July, with the NUFC boss knowing he fits Mike Ashley’s buying policy in terms of age, price and potential.
The Hull winger, who’s bagged 31 goals and 5 assists in his last 62 games for the Tigers, was linked with a move to St James’ Park over the summer, but it’s since come out that we were reluctant to pay their £20m asking price at the time.
Here’s a snippet from the Northern Echo’s latest piece, which reveals just why Bruce is desperate to be reunited with the goalscoring winger:
STEVE BRUCE is still recommending that Newcastle United do what they can to land Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen in January or next summer.
As revealed in The Northern Echo last summer, the 22-year-old was one of the names Bruce was quick to identify to the Magpies’ recruitment team when he took over from Rafa Benitez.
At that time Newcastle decided to concentrate more of their time and money on deals such as Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximim, having worked on both of those for more than six months.
But the successful acquisitions of both of those two has not altered Bruce’s belief that Bowen would be a fantastic prospect to sign.
Crucially the Newcastle head coach knows the talented wide-man fits the club’s preferred transfer policy in that he is under the age of 28 and has plenty of potential to see his value soar.
Newcastle are keeping tabs on the player’s situation, knowing that he is yet to commit to a new contract at Hull.
Even though the Tigers have an extra year’s option on the deal which is due to expire at the end of this season, they have prepared a new and improved three-year deal for him to sign in the hope of protecting their prize asset.
Just this week Bowen revealed that he is yet to see the details of that, and Hull are known to be still looking for around the £20m mark for any club keen on signing him while he is under contract.
He’s recently been described as ‘the best player in the Championship’ and it’s easy to see why, with him backing up his 22 league goals last season with 9 in 16 already this term.
It was reported by the Chronicle recently that our interest is genuine, but we were off put by Hull’s £20m price tag over the summer. That said, the fact he’s continuing to go from strength to strength in the second tier may have convinced the club he’s well worth the money.
If he signs an extension with Hull and they continue to demand £20m plus then it wouldn’t surprise me if we looked elsewhere, especially when Ashley’s just shelled out over £30m on Almiron and Saint-Maximin, however we may be missing a trick should we miss out here.
After all, we’ve lacked a goalscoring winger since Ayoze Perez’s exit, and Bowen could be that man.