By David Woods

24th Jan, 2020 | 1:59pm

Leeds journalist shares what he's been told about potential Bowen move

Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross has said that Hull are happy to keep Jarrod Bowen and sell him in the summer if they don’t get promoted. 

Bowen is a name that’s been linked strongly with a move to Leeds this January.

The first real substance on a potential deal came in the Sun, where it was reported that a deal worth a total of £15m was being readied by Leeds.

That consisted of £3m upfront as a loan fee and a further £12m if Leeds got promoted.

If Leeds didn’t get promoted, Bowen would go back to Hull and Leeds would have lost £3m on the deal.

It’s a clever deal and a calculated gamble by the Leeds board, and the move was given further weight when Hull manager Grant McCann said they might have to sell if Bowen didn’t accept a new deal that is on the table.

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Bowen is out of contract in the summer but Hull have an option they can trigger for another year.

Talking in a Q&A on the Leeds Live website on Friday, Cross said, “I was told Hull would be happy to keep him this window, try for the play-offs and if it doesn’t pay off, trigger his contract extension and sell him in the summer.”

Hull are looking to get up through the play-offs this season and selling their star player to a rival wouldn’t go down well with the fans.

If Cross is right, Hull have decided against this and are ready to spin the dice on winning promotion.

If that fails, they might lose out on money for Bowen, with clubs unlikely to match their asking price of £20m for a player in the last 12 months of his deal.

Bowen could move on a free in the summer of 2021.

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