Hull City coach Grant McCann says it’s down Jarrod Bowen to finalise a new contract with the Championship club.
The winger has hit the ground running this season with five goals and one assist in nine games for the Tigers so far this season.
Bowen, 22, has entered the final 12 months of his existing deal with the club, but Hull have the option of a one-year extension so the winger is effectively tied down until the summer of 2021.
Bowen was named in the Championship team of the year last season after scoring 22 goals and numerous clubs were rumoured to be interested in him.
Newcastle and Southampton are both interested in signing Hull City winger Jarrod Bowen in the January transfer window, according to reports.
According to the Daily Express, Newcastle and Southampton have sent scouts to watch Bowen in the first few weeks of the season and are prepared to match Hull’s £20m asking price in the January window.
In January Sky Sports reported that Burnley had joined Tottenham in scouting Bowen with Sean Dyche on the lookout for wingers, while Leeds are also rumoured to be interested.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino poured cold water on the speculation though: “The first time I heard [about] him was yesterday or before yesterday,” said Pochettino.
What is clear though is that Hull face a battle to keep hold of Bowen with McCann admitting any deal is not straight forward.
“It’s difficult because he’s a top player, he really is,” McCann told the Hull Daily Mail. “I’m sure the club will sit down with Jarrod and put something to him.
“At the end of the day he’s a Hull City player this year and next. It’s down to Jarrod to sit down with the football club and arrange a new deal for himself.
“To be honest with you, I don’t think the club would ever stand in Jarrod’s way if a bigger club came in with the right value that the club want. We’ll see how those conversations go.”