Bowen ignoring Saints and Magpies talk to focus on Hull

Hull City

Jarrod Bowen is adamant his focus is on playing for Hull City amid talk of a January move to either Newcastle or Southampton.

The 22-year-old has been lighting up the Championship once more this season with the Tigers, notching nine goals in 15 appearances, including five in his last four starts.

Bowen is very much on course to hit double figures for goals for a third campaign on the bounce having previously netted 15 times in the 2017/18 season, while he scored 22 goals last term.

The former Hereford United youngster’s form has seen him consistently linked with a move away from the KCOM Stadium with several Premier League clubs keeping a close eye on his progress.

Previously, Tottenham were reported to be weighing up a £20million offer but that speculation has cooled, with Newcastle and Southampton understood to now be the frontrunners for his signature.

Both teams are struggling at the wrong end of the table – the Saints sitting in 18th, while the Magpies are 15th – and are in need of some added firepower.

Hull are eager not to lose their prized asset midway through the season as they push for the Championship play-off spots but might have no choice other than to cash in when January rolls around as the forward has less than a year left to run on his existing deal.

The East Yorkshire outfit have the option to extend his deal by a further 12 months but are desperate to get him on fresh terms.

The Tigers have opened contract talks over an extension, tabling a deal that would run until the summer of 2022.

Bowen is leaving the negotiations to his team as he focuses on matters on the pitch but admits he wants to be back playing Premier League football sooner rather than later.

Having been strongly linked with a move away last summer, Bowen says he’s used to all the transfer talk and believes his performances have demonstrated how he’s not letting the fresh links to Newcastle and Southampton affect him.

“Every window I think everyone is speaking about how I’m going to leave. But there will always be talk especially if you’re scoring goals and playing well,” he told the Hull Daily Mail.

“There’ll always be talk but every player has a price, especially in this market being English, the price goes up mad. But I won’t let little things like that affect me. I’ll just keep working on the pitch and until anything changes is when I’ll start to listen to it a bit more.”