Hull City have instructed Jarrod Bowen that they will exercise their option to extend his Tigers contract, with the East Yorkshire outfit keen to retain the service of the in-demand attacker.
Bowen has been in prolific form for the Tigers over the course of the last 18 months in particular, netting 22 goals last season, alongside four assists. He’s taken that up a level too this season, with 24 goal involvements in the Championship (16 goals, six assists).
That’s seen the 23-year-old attract the interest of numerous clubs, with TEAMtalk crediting Leeds United with a firm interest in the attacker, who they attempted to sign on a loan-to-buy deal with a £3m fee up-front.
However, that was not accepted by Hull, who intend to keep Bowen on their books and plan on exercising the option they have to extend his deal until the summer of 2021.
Further, long-term, contract talks are yet to materialise for Bowen and Hull, which has prompted interest from rivals like Leeds, who have been keen to bolster their squad with attackers this month.
Over the last five days, the Whites have signed both Ian Poveda and Jean-Kevin Augustin, which covers the loss off Jack Clarke and Eddie Nketiah.
It is unsurprising to see Hull exercise this option that they hold on Bowen’s future; he’s that important to them and surely Grant McCann would be left tearing his hair out if the Tigers didn’t at least attempt to tie the 23-year-old down.
Another 18 months on his deal gives them breathing space and doesn’t mean they have to accept the offer a club like Leeds have put down, but long-term, Bowen’s future remains a problem.
Premier League clubs will circle, whilst there’s always the threat of the Championship’s best picking up a bargain.
To many, this is an initial move that needs to be made, but Hull have the harder work ahead, whether that’s getting the right fee for Bowen, or thrashing out a new deal.
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