West Ham “value” their forward Jarrod Bowen at £100m, according to TEAMtalk journalist Dean Jones.
The Hammers sold Declan Rice to Arsenal for a similar price in July and, after Bowen recently signed a contract extension, Jones says the club now rate the 26-year-old as highly as their former captain:
“I think it was a big statement when he signed his last contract because you do not commit yourself until 2030 without a very deep thought process and deep love for the club. I don’t think it’s a surprise that West Ham would value him at £100million.”
“You look at players like Jack Grealish and Rice moving for massive sums and then look at Bowen’s output, the fact he’s around the England set-up, and think it’s reasonable at this moment he would be given a massive price tag – even if it is just to price him out of a move.”
West Ham have protected the value of the player
The likes of Liverpool have been heavily linked with the England international over the past few years but the new contract has made it clear to any potential suitors that it will be very difficult to prise the player away from the Irons.
As Jones says, the £100m asking price is probably more about scaring off interest than anything else. Bowen turns 27 next week and it’s rare for teams to spend so much on someone who is in the second half of their career.
Bowen is only going to get better
The winger is about to hit his prime as a footballer, and his form this season (with 10 goals in 19 appearances) demonstrates how lucky West Ham are to have him at the club.
Fans should have the pleasure of seeing Bowen play at the London Stadium for many more years to come, unless a team decides to make a crazy bid.