West Ham managed to persuade winger Jarrod Bowen to sign for the Hammers without a relegation release clause being included in his contract, according to the Evening Standard‘s Jack Rosser.
Speaking in a Q&A yesterday, the journalist was asked about the prospect of the 23-year-old being sold if the Hammers were relegated this season, and he confirmed that despite agent pressure, the London club managed to keep the clause out of the negotiations:
“The player and agent were pushing for some sort of release clause to come into play should the club be relegated at the end of the season. However, that never made it into the deal.”
Bowen signed on deadline day back in January for £22m. He has since gone on to score once in his first four games for the Hammers.
While it appears he will not have the option of leaving the London Stadium in the event of relegation, he will have a percentage of his salary cut if the team does drop into the Championship.
With the current health crisis, though, there is a possibility that the season will be made null and void so concerns over the team’s top-flight status could be inconsequential.