Fabrizio Romano: Bowen wanted by many other clubs


Bowen going nowhere

By Hughie Southon

Top ITK Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the talks between the Hammers and Jarrod Bowen’s agents had proved very tough before the player signed his new deal.

And he has made it clear that whilst there had been no official bids made many of the top teams were discussing the player internally.

Beyond that, the Hammers new England player had been scouted regularly as he so impressed regularly during his performances for us.

To be honest it’s an extraordinary piece of business by the Hammers in this day and to agree a seven year deal with such a player when money in football talks louder than at any time.

Bowen could probably have earned a lot more elsewhere but he is now top earner at the club on £125,000 a week after declaring that he will stay at the club for the rest of his career. Extraordinary!

Commenting in his Daily Briefing after following the progress of the deal Romano says: ” Jarrod Bowen’s new deal with West Ham is an important one because it was not an easy negotiation.

Bowen has been wanted by many other clubs, not in terms of official bids, but many top teams were discussing his name internally, while scouts were keeping an eye on him as he’s been doing very well at West Ham.

The negotiation was tough, but in the end Bowen was 100% convinced about West Ham’s project. They’re going to another stage of their process now, and after lengthy talks they were successful in convincing Bowen.

Also the new director ( Tim Steidten) has been crucial, convincing key players to stay at the club but also in finding top players like Mohammed Kudus to join.

A new extension like Bowen’s is like a new signing, in my opinion, because in modern football it’s so difficult to keep your star names, so congratulations to them because it’s like almost like they’ve signed a new top player.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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