According to a report on Sunday, Premier League high-flyers Leicester City could be set to win the race for Newcastle target Jarrod Bowen, but we are not so sure.
The Sunday Mirror (via Leicester Mercury) claim Brendan Rodgers’ side are “set to win” the £10 million chase for the Hull winger, and it is that last part that sounds unrealistic.
With Bowen being linked with Newcastle for what seems like forever and a day, Toon fans are up to speed on virtually every aspect of any potential deal, and at no stage has the player ever been valued at just £10m.
It is unlikely that his value has reduced because of his contracting ending, as the Humberside club have a one-year extension they can trigger, which they would be sure to do if a sale was imminent, in order to keep his fee as high as possible.
The mooted fee has always been around a minimum of £20m, a figure which Hull have previously said will not see him sold in January, so a move for half that amount just does not sound accurate.
Newcastle’s need for a player like Bowen is obvious
Steve Bruce is desperate for a new winger, even more so with the spate of new injuries we have picked up, including both first-choice wide-men Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin.
Toon fans will be desperately disappointed if Bowen leaves the Tigers, and ends up anywhere other than Tyneside, with them watching his Championship performances with growing interest each week.
Scoring goals is an area Newcastle have struggled this season, and it is a trait that appears to be second nature to the second tier winger-cum-striker, and their is little doubt he has what it takes to take his game to the next level.
Newcastle must act quickly and smartly when the transfer window opens, and get a deal for Bowen tied up as soon as possible. If they dither and play brinkmanship with Hull – as they did for Almiron last season – they will almost certainly miss out on their man.
So fingers crossed Bruce is still leading the race for Bowen, and maybe… just maybe… he will be swapping the gold of Hull for the black and white of Newcastle very soon.