Speaking on The Atheltic’s Pod on the Tyne, club legend Alan Shearer revealed how West Ham star and England man Jarrod Bowen was “ready to come” to Newcastle back in 2020.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed a very successful year with the Hammers, scoring 12 and assisting 12 in 36 league games, bagging himself a call-up to the national squad.
Prior to his £18million move to London, the winger had been heavily linked with a reunion with his former Hull boss at Newcastle – the pair worked together between 2014-16, before Bowen broke through into the first-team.
At the time, the Leominster-born player was lighting up the Championship and had previously been included in the EFL Team of the Season in 2019.
It would have been a great addition to what was a fairly poor Newcastle squad, lacking a lot of creativity, but, as Shearer says, it was a “very tough situation” behind the scenes.
Here’s what he told George Caulkin when asked about Bruce’s transfer struggles:
“You mention the England squad being announced, there’s a player in the England squad who’s been announced today, Jarrod Bowen.”
“Steve [Bruce] had him.
“Steve had him ready to come to Newcastle and they didn’t do the deal.
“People obviously don’t see or know what’s going on behind the scenes but it was a very very tough situation.”