Newcastle United transfer news: Hull City chief makes surprise Jarrod Bowen January admission amid Magpies bid deliberations
Hull City manager Grant McCann admits the Championship outfit could be forced to sell prize asset Jarrod Bowen THIS MONTH, if contract talks continue to stall.
The Tigers have stood firm with their £20million-plus valuation of in-form forward but could cash in before the end of next week, with the player showing no indication of penning an extension at the KCOM Stadium.
An initial contract offer to Bowen, who Newcastle boss Steve Bruce signed at Hull, was rejected. A second offer which, according to Hull Live, would double the player’s £9,000-per-week wages has reportedly not been responded to.
And manager McCann has gone public with his doubts.
He said: “As is well publicised, there’s been a new and improved offer put to Jarrod and his representatives so we’re just waiting to hear back on that.
“Again, I haven’t sat with Jarrod. It’s really down to his representatives and the football club to get to the bottom of that. We’ll just concentrate on the football.”
McCann continued: “I can see both sides of it. I can see that Jarrod is really enjoying his football and I can also see the side that if he doesn’t accept a deal then something has to be done really.
“At the minute we are where we are. We all know the situation. He’s got this year and an option (for a further 12 months) so hopefully he gets sorted one way or the other in the next few weeks.
“All I can do is concentrate on the team and concentrate on Jarrod while he’s here. Hopefully he’s here for a long time. If he’s not then he’s not. I don’t worry myself with that too much.”
United are set to be rivalled by Leeds United, Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham United for the player, who could follow Inter Milan's Valentino Lazaro through the door at St James’s Park.
The Magpies are thought to be weighing up a bid in the region of £12million for a player who will become a free agent in 2021.
Newcastle have opened the door to a loan deal for the 29-year-old England international, who has been left out of Spurs' last three games under Jose Mourinho.