The Telegraph’s Luke Edwards claims a deal for Jarrod Bowen is now in doubt – with Newcastle currently unwilling to pay more than “£12m plus add ons”.
His latest piece on our pursuit of Steve Bruce’s ‘top target’ suggests Hull City are demanding closer to £22m for the winger – and says Newcastle are ‘unimpressed’ by their valuation.
That said, I’m sure Hull City are unimpressed by our offer if it’s falling around £10m short of their asking price.
Edwards insists that ‘it could still happen’ and that we’re still hoping to sign him, but it seems Hull’s demands (or our offer) will have to change significantly over the next 11 days if we’re to finally get our man.
Here’s a snippet from his latest piece for The Telegraph:
Newcastle United are still hoping to sign Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen but are unimpressed with the Championship club’s valuation of the player which is in excess of £20 million.
Hull are willing to sell their star player this month but have been unable to agree a fee with Newcastle who are not going to pay over the odds for the 23-year-old when they know he will only have one year left on his contract in the summer.
Bruce is keen on Bowen and the player would like to sign for Newcastle, but negotiations have not progressed since Telegraph Sport revealed the approach last week.
Newcastle are willing to pay around £12m up front for Bowen, with performance-related add-ons which could see the fee rise over time.
But Hull have not budged, and Newcastle may decide to focus on other targets, with Bruce set to make his first proper signing for the club with the arrival of midfielder Nabil Bentaleb on loan from Schalke.
So, Edwards reported last Friday that we were finally set to make a bid for the Championship goal machine – but a few days on it seems that offer is WELL below Hull’s asking price.
This window has potential if we sign Bentaleb, Lazaro and a goal scorer like Bowen, but this low-ball offer seems like a typical Mike Ashley approach.
Considering Hull seem in no rush to sell while their play-off hopes remain alive, I can’t see them lowering their asking price late in the window – meaning this one seems unlikely for now.
With 22 Championship goals last season and 16 already this term, is Bowen worth paying the full £22m for?
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