Steve Bruce’s hopes of signing Jarrod Bowen in January are all but over according to the Northern Echo.
The piece claims that NUFC officials had ‘raised the possibility of agreeing a lower fee’ in the new year, but report that we’re refusing to pay Hull’s £20m asking price – meaning Bruce may be forced to look elsewhere.
Bowen is technically out of contract next summer, but the Northern Echo claim the Tigers may ignore their option to extend his deal by another 12 months and cash in on him in January should someone pay their price tag.
The 22-year-old has bagged 15 goals already this season – following on from his 22-goal campaign last year – and is believed to have attracted interest from Tottenham and Leicester as a result.
If these claims are true and we are set to shelve our interest in Bruce’s ‘top January target’, it could be a big mistake.
Irrespective of his current contract situation, surely signing a goal scoring winger deemed ‘the Championship’s best player’ for £20m is not only a very reasonable deal but the exact sort of signing we needed to make in the new year?
Maybe we feel we can’t compete with Spurs or Leicester, but it beggars belief that Ashley would cough up £40m for an inexperienced Brazilian who’d never scored more than 9 goals in a season, yet refuse to pay half that for a highly-rated winger who’s bagged 37 times over the past 18 months.