Hull City appear to have fought off competition from a selection of Championship clubs for the loan signing of an Everton youngster.
An exclusive from TEAMtalk reveals that Josh Bowler will be having a medical at Hull in preparation for a season-long loan deal.
Hull were one of a number of clubs after the highly-rated youngster, including Derby, Middlesbrough and Birmingham – yet they are leading race.
The 20-year-old joined Everton from QPR in July 2017 for £1.5million, according to Transfermarkt.
Bowler has only ever made one senior appearance for a team’s first team: a Championship game for QPR in the 2016/17 season.
He has also appeared for Everton U-23s regularly in the Premier League 2, and has picked up six appearances in the EFL Trophy.
McCann is hoping to give the youngster some more first-team experience by blooding him into his new Hull side.
David Unsworth, Everton’s U23 manager, has spoken very highly the young player in the past.
He’s previously told Everton’s official website after a game: “Josh Bowler was terrific. We need to get the ball to his feet in the final third and that’s where you see his magic.
“He did great for both goals, he’s been out for a couple of weeks but that 90 minutes and the two assists will do him the world of good.”
Bearing in mind the competition for Bowler, then it looks like good business from Hull.
Bowler hasn’t really played proper competitive football as of yet, so making a prediction on his ability to influence the team is too difficult to do – though he is clearly rated at Everton, and was a key player in their U23 win of the Premier League cup. The words from Unsworth will be really encouraging to read for Hull fans.
However, if Jarrod Bowen leaves the club, they need to make sure they fill his position with someone capable of covering some of the lost goals, and it’s hard to imagine Bowler having the same influence.
It might be the case for Hull that they will go after a few youngsters and try and replace Bowen over a couple of players rather than just one.