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Hull City manager Grant McCann will have been pleased to see the closure of the latest transfer window, having managed to hold onto his star forward Jarrod Bowen, but this pleasure could be short-lived with Southampton and Newcastle United both keen on moving for the 22-year-old in January, according to a report in The Express.
Bowen was named in the Championship Team of the Season for the last campaign after finishing the season as Hull’s leading scorer with 22 goals, and this season he is off the mark already with four goals in seven appearances.
So with Southampton and Newcastle still interested in Bowen, do you think the Tigers will hold onto him in January?
“I can see him moving on, as long as he keeps impressing in the coming months for Hull City.
“I was honestly so shocked that he didn’t move on in the summer, but he’s started the new season well and there will be interest when January comes around.
“For Hull, I’m not expecting the side to be challenging at the end of the table where Bowen wants to be, which might push the winger toward the exit door a little bit more.
“That’s the nature of football these days, and it wouldn’t shock me one bit to see a parting of ways in the winter window.”
“I absolutely can.
“To be honest, I am pretty amazed that Hull were able to hang onto him during the summer window, so full credit to Grant McCann and co. for managing that.
“But you get the feeling that, if the Tigers are not competing towards the play-off places come January, Bowen will be itching for a move.
“And if a big bid comes in, that would allow Hull to strengthen multiple areas, I would be very surprised if they did not take it.”
“Keeping Jarrod Bowen at the KCOM Stadium could turn out to be difficult for Hull City.
“Arguably the Tigers’ most influential player, the forward has already found the back of the net on three occasions this season having scored 22 goals during the previous term.
“Given just how good Bowen has been over the past 12 months, it is hardly surprising that the likes of Southampton and Newcastle United have expressed interest in securing his services.
“Unless Hull can launch a promotion push in the Championship under Grant McCann, they may have to let the 22-year-old leave if he is determined to test himself in the Premier League.”