The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas has questioned whether or not Newcastle United will make a move to sign Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen in the winter, having been put off by the Championship side’s summer asking price.
Newcastle were alleged to have scouted the Hull winger throughout the 2018/19 season, and used the Tigers’ pre-season friendly with Ligue 1 side SC Amiens at the KCOM Stadium as a chance to cast their final verdict over the 22-year-old and Sweden international Emil Krafth – who they later acquired for around £5million (BBC) on Deadline Day.
Bowen was firmly on the St. James’ Park natives’ shortlist this summer as they looked to bolster their attacking contingent, with the Leominster-born forward seen as a potential alternative to OGC Nice’s Allan Saint-Maximin.
The Hull product also attracted the interest of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur over the course of the recent transfer window following his efforts in the second-tier, but no official advances were made by either of the north London rivals.
Arsenal were claimed to have lodged an enquiry to see if Hull would sell Bowen for £12million, but the Championship side were reticent to sell for anything less than £20million, despite the right-winger entering the final year of his contract which includes an option to extend for a further 12-months (Hull Live).
Bowen was also keen on the idea of switching East Yorkshire for Tyneside, although the Magpies opted for Saint-Maximin and purchased the Frenchman for £16.5million rising to £20m (Daily Mail) on a six-year contract (BBC).
Douglas is now unsure whether Newcastle will return to the KCOM Stadium with an offer in January having looked elsewhere in the summer, but added that Bowen would tick every box of the Toon’s criteria for potential signings.
“They like Bowen and Steve Nickson’s scouting team have watched him a few times,” he said. “Their interest in Bowen in the summer was genuine – although I do recall Steve Bruce playing down any imminent bid in the rain at Preston. They simply wouldn’t meet Hull’s asking price.
“But in January, with six months left on his deal, will the Tigers cut that £20million tag? That’s on them, but Newcastle’s plan is to start bringing in younger, up-and-coming talent and he ticks every box.”
If Hull are willing to negotiate on the fee for Bowen, he would make an excellent addition to Bruce’s squad on Tyneside as he would add a wealth of quality to the deeper echelons of the Newcastle head coach’s pecking order.
Across his 46 Championship appearances last season, the 22-year-old scored 22 goals and was credited with four assists (TransferMarkt), with 20 of his personal strikes coming from the right-flank. The Leominster-born talent has started the new campaign promisingly, as well, with three goals and one assist in five second-tier encounters.
Newcastle’s most productive wide option last season was Ayoze Perez (WhoScored), on the other hand, but beyond the now-Leicester City man was Matt Ritchie (two goals) and Christian Atsu (one). Adding goals throughout the squad will be a sure-fire way to help bring better results to St. James’ Park.
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