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According to Sky Sports, Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen is ‘mulling’ over a three-year contract offer from the Tigers, with Southampton said to be tracking the attacker along with Newcastle and Crystal Palace.
Well, the Championship side are keen to tie down Bowen, Kamil Grosicki and Jordy de Wijs as they look to push for a top-six finish this season.
The 22-year-old has already scored nine league goals while also recording two assists in 15 Championship appearances this term – Bowen has also scored once in the Carabao Cup.
The 5 foot 7 forward’s current terms expire at the end of the campaign, although they do include an option for Hull to extend the contract by a further 12 months.
We have already seen how a player who was smashing it in the Championship can quickly find themselves potentially out of their depth in the top-flight.
However, the Englishman is yet to score for the Saints in eight Premier League appearances since arriving at St Mary’s, and he is so far proving to be a costly mistake for the south coast side.
Southampton have made a number of expensive additions in recent years, splashing out £18m on Jannik Vestergaard, £18.1m on Mario Lemina, £19m on Guido Carrillo and £16m on Mohamed Elyounoussi, all of whom haven’t set the world alight at the club.
As a result, the Saints simply can’t afford to spend big – Sky Sports suggest he is valued at between £15m-£20m – on Bowen if he could potentially end up flopping after making the step up to the Premier League.
Furthermore, does Ralph Hasenhuttl even need the Hull star? The Austrian currently has Adams, Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond, Sofiane Boufal, Moussa Djenepo and Shane Long at his disposal.
If they do take the plunge on Bowen, they can’t afford for him to turn out like Adams.