West Ham winger Jarrod Bowen is attracting interest from Liverpool, but it will bid at least £35 million even to be considered by the Hammers.
Despite The Athletic reporting this, they also say the West Ham hierarchy is adamant that Bowen is not for sale, and he is set to remain as a first-team regular for the upcoming 2021/22 season.
The East London side signed the 24-year-old from Hull City in January 2020 for a fee of around £22 million. Since his arrival, he has transitioned comfortably to playing in the top flight and has made his right-wing position. Bowen has made 53 Premier League appearances for West Ham, scoring nine goals and assisting 10.
Jarrod Bowen’s current deal runs until 2025, and it will take a considerable bid for West Ham to consider selling him.
Last January, after a year at the club, on his 30th league appearance, a clause in his contract was triggered that resulted in him receiving an increase in wages.
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Also, Bowen is believed to be very happy playing under David Moyes and is relishing the opportunity to play European football for the first time in his career as well as helping the Iron’s continue their impressive Premier League form that led them to finish sixth last season.
So far in pre-season, Bowen has been putting in promising performances, scoring and assisting in the 2-2 draw versus Dundee, and was a standout performer in wins against both Northampton Town and Reading.
There is hope he can improve even more in the upcoming season. Assistant manager, Stuart Pearce, said that Bowen “has come back in excellent shape, and he’s a real threat when he turns and darts at the opposition goal. So he’s looking sharp.”
However, a chance to play at the Champions League level and contest for the Premier League title with Liverpool would, of course, be tempting. Jurgen Klopp wants to increase his squad depth and is keen on Bowen due to his pace and hard work without the ball. His attributes would fit well with Liverpool’s style, and he would provide back-up for Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Diogo Jota.
At the moment, the Hammer’s determination to hold onto Bowen is yet to be tested as no official bid has been submitted, but the Hammers have made their intention clear. Selling him would also go against David Moyes’ aims for the club.