Tottenham target says he rejected Cardiff move due to Emiliano Sala tragedy

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Jarrod Bowen

Jarrod Bowen has been one of the standout players in the Championship this season. Bowen’s performances for Hull City have caught the attention of several Premier League clubs.

Spurs were reported to be one of the clubs interesting in signing the 22-year-old who has scored 19 goals so far this season for the Tigers.

The wing forward has now revealed that he had an opportunity to sign for Cardiff City in January but decided against it due to the Emiliano Sala tragedy.

Cardiff secured the services of Sala from Nantes early in the window but the aircraft that the Argentinean had boarded crashed on its way to England, killing both the pilot as well as Sala.

Bowen has now confirmed that Cardiff wanted to sign him as a replacement for Sala but he couldn’t go through with the move as it felt “wrong” under the circumstances.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Bowen said, “The whole situation was very uncomfortable. Of course, it was nothing to do with how I view Cardiff as a club, and any player will tell you it’s their dream to play in the Premier League.

“But the whole story around Sala was just so tragic. I know it caused a lot of shock and upset in our dressing-room at Hull, and I am sure it was the same around the country.

“To join Cardiff knowing that he was meant to play for them would have been incredibly difficult and not something that filled me with any enthusiasm.

“Of course, any transfer would have needed Hull’s approval in any case, but from my personal point of view it was never a starter, not under those circumstances. It just felt wrong.”

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