A few weeks back, reports from the Express had emerged that Newcastle United will rival Southampton to sign Hull City’s winger Jarrod Bowen in the January transfer window. The winger was named in the Championship team of the season last term and is being valued at £20m.
Hull City looking to offer Bowen a new deal
However, latest reports from Hull Live claims that the Tigers will look to tie down Bowen to a new long term deal. The 22-year-old has already entered the final year of his contract and Newcastle would have thought that they could make a move for him in January. However, it now seems like Hull City wants to secure his future. The Tigers have an option to extend Bowen’s contract by another year, but the new deal will likely come with a pay rise. It remains to be seen now whether the young winger will pen a fresh contract at the KCOM Stadium or not.
The following update could be a dampener for the Magpies, but the fact that Hull City are unlikely to challenge for Premier League promotion could mean that Bowen might be offered a chance to move the English top-flight in the future. Last season, Hull City finished 13th and currently, they are languishing at 14th in the league table. Things could obviously change from now until the end of the season, but as things stand, Grant McCann’s men are unlikely to move up the division.
Why does Newcastle United need to sign someone like Bowen?
Bowen has already managed to net five goals and create one assist in nine appearances this season. The right-winger was the standout player for his side last season as well when he scored 22 goals in 46 Championship appearances. Newcastle have currently got Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron to play on the right flank.
However, Almiron is more of an attacking midfielder and given the opportunity; he would probably prefer to play in a central role. Matt Ritchie has been playing in defence as a wing-back for some time now, so it makes sense for the Magpies to recruit a new wide player in January.
The English winger has got quick feet and impressive pace, but what makes him a stand out player is his ability to score or assist goals in the final third. Often wingers are guilty of not coming up with the final product, but Bowen is a talented operator and a smart finisher which makes him a significant asset for Hull. He is worth considering in January, but Newcastle will find it hard to get him if Bowen goes on to sign a new contract.