Manchester United are one of several Premier League clubs to be credited with an interest in West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen, and the Englishman could solve a big headache for Erik ten Hag ahead of next season.
According to 90min, the Hammers are set to offer the 25-year-old a bumper new deal following his England call-up, as they look to fend off interest from the likes of United, Arsenal, Newcastle, Chelsea and Liverpool.
While Bowen may be reluctant to swap West Ham for the Red Devils considering the respective success of their 2021/22 campaigns, the Glazers and the Old Trafford hierarchy will nonetheless be hoping to convince Bowen to make the move north.
Last season saw Bowen contribute 12 goals and 10 assists in 36 Premier League appearances for David Moyes’ side, averaging an impressive 7.15 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
This would’ve ranked him as the top performer for Manchester United if he had replicated those statistics for the Red Devils last season, while his 12 goals would have been second only to Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford.
United managed just 57 goals in the top flight last season, 42 fewer than rivals Manchester City, and they cannot afford to be so reliant on Ronaldo again next term if Ten Hag is to turn the club’s fortunes around.
Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga managed just nine top-flight goals between them last season, and the Dutchman will surely be looking for more goal contributions from out wide in the 2022/23 campaign.
The new United manager will also be without the services of creative players such as Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Paul Pogba, all of whom are about to depart Old Trafford following the expiry of their contracts, so he will surely be looking to add some attacking reinforcements if the Red Devils are to push for a Champions League spot next year.
Bowen has been a superb performer for West Ham since his £22m move from Hull City in January 2020 and his form earned him the praise of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp last season.
The German said: “Unbelievable. We saw him as well at Hull and he was really good at that time. I’m not sure a lot of people expected this jump, but unbelievable player.”
Given the disappointing performances of United’s wide players last season, an in-form winger such as Bowen is exactly what Ten Hag needs in order to improve the attacking output at Old Trafford in the 2022/23 campaign.