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What it would take to lure Jarrod Bowen as former Liverpool 'target' interests Newcastle

West Ham United's Jarrod Bowen during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Luton Town at London Stadium on May 11, 2024 in London, England.
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Liverpool’s transfer business this summer is certain to draw plenty of attention and analysis. That will be the case both in terms of the sum it is permitted to spend by FSG and also regarding what the signings might tell us about the new manager’s tactical plans.

If Jürgen Klopp were still at the helm, he might be pushing for the Reds to sign Jarrod Bowen from West Ham. The German has been a long-term admirer of the 27-year-old, often speaking about him in glowing terms and once describing him as “the Mo Salah of the Championship.”

How highly Arne Slot rates Bowen is not yet a matter of public record. However, if he is of similar mind to Klopp and wishes to add the England international to his new-look Liverpool squad, it will cost the club a considerable sum.

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It has been claimed by the Mirror that Newcastle is interested in signing Bowen this summer. But the story notes that: “Bowen feels incredibly settled and both he and his extended family have great affection for the club [West Ham],” suggesting he will be staying put.

However, the report also states that “sources stress he would only likely listen to offers that would enable him to fulfil his Champions League aspirations,” which would give the Reds an edge over the Magpies. Bowen is also under contract in east London until 2030, which helps explain why it would reportedly “take both a life-changing transfer and eye-watering fee to prise him away from the Hammers.”

But how much might that fee be? By the simple measure of goal contributions, Bowen has just completed the most productive campaign of his career. He scored 20 times and provided 10 assists, bettering his total of 29 contributions in 2021/22 by one.

The West Ham man has also been named in Gareth Southgate’s provisional squad for Euro 2024, along with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Curtis Jones and Jarell Quansah. Bowen started the Three Lions’ last match so has to be in with a chance of making the cut, and strong performances in Germany would only increase his value.

Transfermarkt rate his market value as $54m (£43m/€50m), the highest it has ever been. This is only an estimate and not the level of bid which West Ham would accept, but it’s interesting to note that this makes him the joint-12th most valuable right winger in world football according to the website.

Liverpool already has the sixth in Salah, though, and there has been no indication that the Egyptian is looking to leave Anfield. If the Reds are serious about signing Bowen, he will not come cheaply.

Liverpool.com says: Liverpool was not in the business of trying to sign players on long-term deals during Michael Edwards' previous spell at the club and so it seems unlikely it will do so now he has returned. Klopp would have loved to have worked with Bowen but the time has passed.

There are exceptions to every rule, but Liverpool will not be spending 'eye-watering' fees to tempt Bowen away, even if it might be able to lure him with Champions League football. It seems doubtful that Newcastle will get its man either, with no European football of any kind on offer.