Former Hull City defender Peter Swan has claimed that Jarrod Bowen, who has reportedly been on Tottenham’s radar since last summer (Football Insider), will be sold this month.
Bowen, who is one of the most sought after player in the Championship, is having another stellar season at the KCOM Stadium having already managed 16 goals and 5 assists in 28 league appearances to date (transfermarkt).
The 23-year-old has been a shining light in what has been a rather ordinary season for Hull. Recent reports have suggested that the Lilywhites could return for Bowen in January (Daily Mail).
The silky left footer has so far stayed put at the Tigers despite being linked with several Premier League clubs but Swan is convinced that the former Hereford player will now move on.
He claimed that the midfielder will be allowed to leave before the end of January, despite the Hull chairman Assem Allam’s statement to the contrary due to his contract situation (Nottingham Post).
In his column for Hull Live, Swan wrote: “The young winger has options and he rightly deserves those options too for all the hard work he’s put in.
“Having not signed the first contract offer put to him by the club back in October, Hull City have come back with an improved deal that will see him double his money.
“I suspect there’s a feeling from Bowen and his representatives that the offer is still not enough given he was on a low wage compared to many of his peers in the Championship and indeed, at the Tigers.
“Now, with the likes of Newcastle United and Leeds United interested and a number of Premier League clubs considering a move, Bowen has become one of the most in-demand players outside the top flight.
“The fans will hope he stays, which is why this view isn’t going to be very popular, but I genuinely believe City will now sell Bowen before the end of January.
“I know the club have been saying for some time now they have no interest in Bowen being sold and the chairman even said he wouldn’t sell him for £20m, but plans change and there has to be a little bit of a reality check too.
“I think the owners will sell because they know that right now, this is the most money they will be able to command for Bowen. His price isn’t going to go up.
“It doesn’t matter what he does between now and the end of the season, Bowen’s value is only going to go down as his contract runs down and even if City trigger the one-year extension, which surely they will, they won’t get as much for the player in July as they will in January right now.”
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If Bowen does become available, I really hope that we do take a punt on him. I can certainly see this being another Maddison or Grealish type situation and his value doubling or tripling in the next year or two. So, I think we will regret it if we allow him to go to a club like Newcastle.
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