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Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is looking to bolster his squad in the Whites’ bid for promotion to the Premier League, with a bold move for Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen being considered, according to The Sun.
As per the report, Leeds are willing to pay a £3 million loan fee for the 23-year-old from their Championship rivals, with the price rising to £15m if Leeds secure promotion this season.
So would Bowen be a good signing by Leeds and is he worth a loan fee of £3 million?
“This would be a fantastic bit of business for Leeds.
“Bowen is worth £18m, which the Whites would end up paying for him if they go up, so there’s no issue there.
“Plus, they wouldn’t be obligated to shell out a big fee unless they didn’t win promotion, although if Bowen did end up at Elland Road then everyone would have them as certainties to go up.
“However, whilst it might be fantastic for Leeds, I can’t see why Hull accept this offer for one minute. They are three points away from the play-offs and they don’t even have the big fee guaranteed, so that would impact their January plans. They’d be mad to let him go on an initial loan!”
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“I don’t think there is a Championship fan out there that wouldn’t believe Jarrod Bowen would be a good signing for their side.
“For Leeds, Bowen would be an excellent signing. The 23-year-old is a natural goalscorer, who can play across the frontline and wouldn’t be limited to one position in Bielsa’s set-up like Eddie Nketiah.
“He’d be a good signing, but will Hull take the bait of a £3m loan fee with a further £15m to follow? I’m not 100% sure they would.
“For Leeds, it is fully worth a shot, with Hull not exactly flooded with offers for Bowen, but you sense the Tigers will knock it back and only consider cash-up-front offers.”
“Given that Leeds’ pursuit of a forward is probably going to be the difference between promotion and failure, a £3m loan fee is completely worth the risk, especially for Bowen.
“Bowen is one of the league’s best goalscorers and has proven that over the last 18 months, with no players scoring more than him in the Championship in that time, so paying to take him in on-loan for the rest of the season could boost Leeds to the point where they are almost certainties to go up.
“The Whites have been crying out for a versatile goalscorer and Bowen would be a perfect fit for what they want, given how well he is performing all the way across Hull City’s front line this term.
“There is no question that this will be great deal for Leeds if they can pull it off, the only stumbling block is whether Hull will play ball in such a transfer that doesn’t appear to benefit them in the short term.
“If the Whites have any chance of getting this deal done, they must pull out all the stops to clinch it as soon as possible.”