West Ham United have reportedly slapped a £75 million price tag on star winger Jarrod Bowen in a bid to fend off suitors amid strong Liverpool interest.
According to Caught Offside, Liverpool have been quoted a hefty price for their priority summer target Jarrod Bowen, with West Ham United placing a £75 million valuation on the English winger.
The 25-year-old joined the Hammers from Hull City two years ago for an initial fee of £20 million and has enjoyed a rapid rise to stardom over the past eighteen months. He has established himself as an ever-present figure in David Moyes’s side and emerged as a key contributor, netting eight goals and adding six assists across all competitions in his first full top-flight campaign.
But the English attacker has taken his game to another level this term. He has been in stellar form for the Hammers, directly contributing to 12 goals in his last 13 games across all competition. He currently ranks second in the Premier League for total goal involvements this season (16), only behind Mohamed Salah.
At times, Bowen has been single-headedly steering the Hammers’ attack and is a key reason for their success so far this season. Indeed, his exploits have put Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on alert, who are considering a summer move for the wide-forward.
However, the east London outfit are set to stick to their guns and have placed a £75 million asking price for their prolific forward, whose stock is rapidly rising with each performance.
This development comes as a bit of a blow to the Reds, who have already bolstered their attack with the winter signing of Colombian winger Luis Diaz from FC Porto for a reported £50 million. But with Salah and Sadio Mane both out of contract in the summer of 2023, they could continue to strengthen their attack ahead of next season, with Bowen at the top of their shopping list.
Understandably, Klopp is planning for the future, having already signed Diogo Jota and Diaz in the last two seasons in a bid to replenish his forward line. As it stands, Bowen is under contract at the London Stadium until 2025, and the Hammers could demand a fee of around £75 million to let away one of their most prized assets.
Meanwhile, given his vital contributions, West Ham are also locked in talks to agree fresh terms with the player in the near future. History tells the Reds rarely splash the cash to secure their targets unless there are no better alternatives available in the market. Bowen looks to be a complete package and fits the criteria of Klopp’s recruitment philosophy perfectly.
He is young, homegrown, and versatile, while he also boasts pace, agility and crossing ability to pose a lethal attacking threat. He has also flourished in a hybrid striker role and has shown plenty of potential. That said, the pursuit of Bowen looks unlikely unless Liverpool part ways with Salah, considering both are naturally right-sided wingers. Whether Liverpool do break the bank to prise Bowen away from east London remains to be seen.