According to The Athletic, Jarrod Bowen’s proposed move to West Ham has hit trouble – with him yet to agree personal terms and ‘preferring’ a move to Newcastle.
They claim West Ham have agreed a £14m fee (plus £8m in potential add ons) with Hull City and that the player has arrived for his medical, but now report that the move is “stalling”.
The Athletic’s Richard Sutcliffe reports that he’s struggling to agree personal terms (he wants a reported £60,000) and would ‘prefer’ a move to Newcastle over West Ham.
That said, Sutcliffe claims that there’s been ‘no contact’ today between Newcastle and Hull – suggesting we may pass up the chance to sign him (bangs head against the wall).
Here’s what he’s had to say during his latest deadline day update for The Athletic:
Jarrod Bowen would prefer a move to Newcastle United over West Ham but there has been no contact between Newcastle and the winger’s club Hull City, The Athletic understands.
A wrangle over personal terms has stalled Bowen’s much-touted move to West Ham, which is believed to involve an initial fee of £14 million and a further £8 million in add-ons. Talks began straight away on personal terms but the two parties are believed to still be some way apart as the clock ticks on towards the 11pm deadline. Bowen is said to want wages of £60,000 a week.
The 23-year-old is believed to favour a move to Newcastle, yet suggestions that they and Bournemouth have made late attempts to hijack the deal are wide of the mark. Well-placed sources at Hull insist only two Premier League clubs have been in direct contact this week regarding Bowen.
Crystal Palace were the other interested party but their proposal involved Bowen moving to Selhurst Park on loan for a fee, with a view to a permanent deal then being discussed in the summer.
Two unnamed Championship clubs had also contacted Hull but again these deals involved a loan switch, whereas the East Yorkshire club have always insisted the player will only be allowed to leave on a permanent move.
Hull can only wait for the impasse to be settled, as their own recruitment plans hinge on banking the transfer fee. James Scott, the Motherwell striker, has been lined up as an addition for Grant McCann’s squad.
If we really are interested in bringing the Championship star to St James’ Park this month, now is our chance – and we’d be MAD not to pursue this deal given it’s a reported £14m plus add ons for the Championship’s best player.
That said, Steve Bruce’s comments earlier today suggest we won’t be making any late moves – and The Athletic also state we are NOT planning to make a bid for Bowen.
If he goes on to big things, THIS will be a big moment NUFC live to regret.