Leeds United’s interest in Jarrod Bowen has been heavily publicised this month, but we’ve not known the full extent of it until now.
It had been reported by Alan Nixon that Leeds had made an eight-figure offer for the winger, but the journalist has had a sketchy record when talking about Leeds as of late as his reports about Cauley Woodrow were quickly dispelled by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Fortunately, Phil Hay has now cleared up what the situation between United and Bowen actually was.
The journalist was contributing to The Athletic’s transfer deadline day live blog, and as reports emerged about Jarrod Bowen heading to West Ham, questions were asked about how concrete Leeds’ interest in him was.
“There was contact and there were discussions about Bowen but he was further down the list than Adams (first choice) and Augustin and the costs involved were very high. As David’s report says, West Ham have agreed a deal worth £22m.
“For a club in the Championship there would have been an additional premium because the likes to Leeds wanted to take him on loan initially, meaning Hull would not have pulled in significant cash until the summer.
“I’m not sure how much they’ll be able to do with the Bowen cash today but it does give them a chance to replace him immediately.”
While it’s good to hear that Leeds were in for a player of Bowen’s undoubted quality it would have been impossible for them to get him.
The above infographic shows just how good the 22-year-old would have been for Leeds, but with Hull wanting £22m up front it was simply impossible for the Whites to do that with their current FFP situation.
It’s bad timing because if Leeds had gone up and Bowen would have been available in the summer, a deal would may looked much more viable. But for now, the winger is going to ply his trade elsewhere.
After scoring 16 this term, it’ll come as a blow.