After a standout campaign for Hull City last season, Jarrod Bowen has picked up from where he left off in the Sky Bet Championship this time around.
The 22-year-old was named in the Championship Team of the Season after establishing himself as the driving force in the Tigers’ turnaround last term.
At one point, a relegation battle looked to be on the cards for Nigel Adkins’ team, but Bowen’s goals and an all-round effort helped the Yorkshire club climb up the table, and form an unlikely push for promotion.
Versatile attacker Bowen finished the season with 22 goals to his name, establishing himself as one of the most lethal forwards in the division despite playing out wide from time to time.
It didn’t take long for a host of high-profile clubs to take notice of the forward, with the likes of Spurs, Everton and Southampton all being linked with his signature over the course of the summer.
And after already netting four times in seven games this season, more top-flight sides are beginning to enter the race for Bowen, with the Express reporting that Newcastle and Southampton are interested in signing the attacker in January.
The Magpies were reportedly interested in signing Bowen in the summer, but Hull issued a hands-off warning to warn off interest for their star-man.
The Tigers do have the option to extend the deal by another year at a later date, but his future is far from certain with plenty of clubs set to be after his services in the summer again.
Newcastle and Southampton have both reportedly sent scouts to watch Bowen in action in the early stages of the season, and will surely be desperate to acquire a player of his quality as they battle to survive in the Premier League this term.
Hull’s valuation of the player is likely to raise eyebrows – if Newcastle or Southampton chose not to give into temptation and pay the £20m, they could easily wait and see if they could get him for a much cheaper price in a few months’ time.
Hull have every right to demand a hefty fee for Bowen given his importance to the team, but if they continue to languish towards the bottom of the table come January, you wouldn’t necessarily blame Bowen for wanting to move on.
Grant McCann’s side sit 20th in the Sky Bet Championship table after winning just one of their opening six league games, and have made a slow start to life in the second tier this term.
Its likely to be another nervy summer for Hull fans, who will be praying that Newcastle’s interest isn’t as strong as reports suggest.