It has been thought for a while now, that Hull winger Jarrod Bowen would end up at Newcastle sooner or later, the only question was when he would arrive.
But that assumption is suddenly starting to look a bit premature – largely down to Newcastle’s reported reluctance to pay a decent fee for the prolific winger-cum-striker – as other Premier League sides are being linked with a move.
Southampton were previously thought to be rivalling Newcastle for Bowen, but two separate reports on Monday claimed both Bournemouth and Norwich are on the trail of the undoubted talent.
Both reports acknowledge Newcastle’s interest, but it would anger many fans if such a prospect does not arrive at St James’ Park, given the amount speculation there has been over an imminent move.
There was always likely to be rival interest in Bowen
It is little surprise that Bowen is catching the eye of rival clubs, given his form over the past season and a half. He has scored a fantastic 16 goals from 21 games for Hull this season, on top of last season’s 22 from 46.
Newcastle really should have had a deal already sorted for the player, and the fact that they did not sign him in the summer, should have seen Steve Bruce and Lee Charnley double-down on their efforts to secure a deal in January.
Of course, behind the scenes, that may already be the case, and many fans will be hoping it is.
But Newcastle rarely do things the easy way, and it is far more likely that we will be set for another ‘will he, won’t he’ saga, as we had with Miguel Almiron last winter.
Newcastle should nullify any threat of missing out on a player who would add the goals and quality to a side lacking in right-wing numbers, by offering a realistic fee, and putting a salary package together that the player simply cannot say no to.