Journalist reveals baffling reason NUFC turned down Jarrod Bowen – despite him wanting to sign

According to the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas, Newcastle will NOT make any late move for Jarrod Bowen – because we ‘don’t believe he’s worth £20m’.

The player is said to want a move to St James’ Park – giving us our chance to step in late on – yet the 23-year-old now looks all set to sign for West Ham in the coming hours now he’s agreed personal terms.

I’m struggling to get my head around this stance that he was ‘too much of a risk’ at £20m – and I’m sure I won’t be the only NUFC fan who’s a little baffled by our approach given today’s series of events.

Firstly, Steve Bruce admitted earlier today that the club had a £35m deal (rising to £45m!) agreed for 20-year-old Frenchman, Boubakary Soumare.

He’s a top young talent and would’ve been a huge coup for the club, but when we failed to convince him, had LOTS of money left to spend and were still in dire need of a goal scorer, it seemed pretty naive to pass up on Bowen because ‘£20m is too much’.

Bowen is yet to test himself at Premier League level, but this is a man who’s been regularly described as the second tier’s best player after scoring 38 goals in 18 months in a bang average Hull side. And this is a Newcastle team that have lacked the one thing Bowen specialises in – goals.

It’s clear we lack goal scorers and we’re well stocked in central midfield, yet we pass up on the chance to sign one of the country’s most prolific talents for £20m but are happy to pay OVER double that to sign an exciting yet unproven Ligue 1 talent.

Based on the Soumare bid, we were happy to pay HUGE money for a big risk we didn’t need to make – yet wouldn’t take a slight risk on the sort of goal scorer this team sorely lacks.

There’s been a need for more attacking options all season, but Bruce has insisted he’ll only sign a player who’d improve us. Bowen would have – and at a very reasonable price too.

I fear we’ll look back at this one and see it as a real missed opportunity.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

8 thoughts on “Journalist reveals baffling reason NUFC turned down Jarrod Bowen – despite him wanting to sign

  1. Brucie ain’t got a clue, Bowen was worth the risk and at half the price of Joe Linton. To try and sanction another deal for yet another midfield player is ludicrous. Bruce is another yes man and will believe anything Ashley says. And then Charnley says there’s nowt in the Staveley takeover, WHAT so we are to believe that the whole takeover saga is bull****. The fat man will always find an excuse not to sell.


  2. Our top target for three windows, scoring goals in the championship for fun. Now we have a chance to get him, we bottle it. Bowen is a good player. If we can come up with 35m for a midfielder that we don’t need in Soumare then why when Bowen is suggesting he wants to come to us don’t we snap him up?? He scores goals, he’s 23,he’ll be worth more… He’s not Jacob Murphy. Sell Atsu and Ki and get him!


  3. A player that has only proven himself in a **** league and you lot are throwing your toys out your prams coz we didn’t get him. Embarrassing to say the least..


  4. Amazes me that anyone would want to sign for SDFC unless they are looking for a shop windowto show their talents. Loans once again. No effort to get a striker as Joe Linton has to play as Ashley has a clause in the purchase contract , that for every goal scored, fatty will be credited a million!!?? Just can’t think of any other reason he continues to play.


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