Phil Hay delivers update on potential Leeds last-gasp swoop for Bowen as Hull drop price
Athletic journalist Phil Hay has said that he can’t see Leeds United making a last-gasp swoop for Jarrod Bowen, despite Hull reportedly dropping his price to secure a sale.
Bowen is a player who has been linked to Leeds over the January window, with the Sun claiming that they had made a £3m loan offer with an obligation to buy for a further £12m if they got promoted.
Daily Star journalist Aaron Stokes tweeted on Wednesday to say that Hull had dropped the price for Bowen and that Leeds were the only side to have made a concrete offer.
Hull have dropped their asking price for Jarrod Bowen after initially wanting £28m. Leeds the only side to have made a concrete offer so far.
— Aaron Stokes (@AaronJStokes) January 29, 2020
Since then, some Premier League sides have been linked but nothing solid has progressed.
On a deadline day special of the Phil Hay Show podcast, Hay was asked if Leeds could potentially make a last-gasp move for Bowen given his price drop.
“I think it’s too much,” said Hay. “The message always was they had the budget for one striker and the players they were looking for were on a loan with an obligation to buy at the end of it, not to sign anyone like Adams or Augustin permanently as they don’t have the funds to do that and stay within profit and sustainability.
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“Plus, I don’t think Bielsa wants another striker or a winger. I think he would see it as an excess signing.”
However, for fans who desperately want something to cling onto on deadline day, Hay refused to rule it out altogether.
“They do like him,” Hay added. “They would take him, but they won’t sign him unless something really surprising happens on Friday.
“But Bielsa says they’re done and if Bielsa says they’re done I think that you know that they are.”
Marcelo Bielsa said that business was done ahead of the Millwall game and there’s been nothing since to suggest that anything will change.
Plenty of fans want Bowen but Leeds are well served with wide players and you have to ask yourself whether he’d be a wise signing given the money the club has already committed to spending in the summer.
Bowen has been prolific in the Championship and you have to imagine he’d be a success in the Premier League, but he would still be a risk.
It’s a risk that Leeds don’t appear ready to take.
UPDATE: Bowen is reportedly set for a medical at West Ham this morning.
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