McCann expecting Bowen stay
Grant McCann is confident Hull City will be able to keep hold of leading scorer Jarrod Bowen during the January transfer window.
Bowen is expected to attract plenty of attention next month, as he has netted 14 goals and provided four assists from 20 Championship appearances for Hull so far this season, adding to the 22 times he netted in the second-tier last term.
Premier League side Newcastle are among the teams being linked with Bowen and the Magpies are managed by former Hull boss Steve Bruce – the man who was responsible for originally bringing the 22-year-old to the KCOM Stadium back in 2014.
A move to the top-flight could potentially be one that appeals to Bowen, but McCann insists Hull are under no pressure to sell and he believes the winger is more than happy to remain on Humberside.
“I think the owners have stated he is not for sale unless there is a substantial offer,” McCann told the Yorkshire Post. “So we will continue to work with Jarrod and he loves it here and loves playing for Hull City.
“If he didn’t, you would not see these performances week-in, week out. I don’t think they (Hull owners) are really concerned.
The concern for Hull is, if they don’t sell Bowen in January, then they risk losing him on a free when his contract expires during the summer.
McCann is keeping his fingers crossed, however, that the former Hereford youngster could yet opt to sign a new deal to extend his stay at the KCOM.
“I think they (the club’s owners) would love Jarrod to sign a new deal and stay here and continue to work with Jarrod and his representatives to make that happen,” McCann added.
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.