Southampton have long found themselves tentatively linked with impressive Hull City youngster Jarrod Bowen, and this week with the September international break in full flow, we again saw reports suggesting we maintained an interest in the 22-year-old as we head towards the January window.
There was nothing really solid in the speculation, but there very rarely is, however, Bowen is exactly the type of character and talent that it seems manager Ralph Hasenhuttl would prefer to work with given our dealings over the summer, and with 41 goals in 93 starting appearances, and four goals in seven matches so far in the 2019/20 campaign – it’s a story that isn’t going to go away on the rumour mill.
Following the return of the rumours this week, it was being suggested that Bowen would be available for less than the expected £20million fee Hull were demanding last summer owing to the fact that come January he would be another six months closer to the end of his contract.
Hull Live have now provided a further update on the player, and although they question whether or not he’d signed a new deal at the KCOM Stadium, they do confirm that although his deal runs out next summer, his club hold a 12 month option on him that they can enact at any point.
So suggestions that he’d be available for a slightly reduced fee in January, presumably, are completely wide of the mark.