Reason why Steve Bruce abandoned race for £20m-rated winger

The Chronicle has reported that Newcastle United have abandoned talks for Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen over concerns about the £20 million price tag.

The Tyneside are still searching for more attacking options even after the transfer window being shut down, and at least one winger is an absolute must.

Nice ace Allan Saint-Maximin has joined the Magpies, but Hull City’s Bowen has also been touted as future signing, having been signed by new Magpies manager Steve Bruce at Hull back in 2014.

However, it is now believed that Newcastle United have backed away from the winger after learning he will cost £20 million, believing that’s a little overpriced.

Whether the Magpies return for Jarrod Bowen remains to be seen, but with a similar fee needed to sign Nice winger, it may well be a case of one or the other rather than both.

Jarrod Bowen, who is 22 years old, starred in the Championship last term, netting 22 goals and notching four assists in 46 games, becoming one of the top talents in the second tier.

A left-footed forward who predominantly plays on the right, is a dangerous goalscoring threat with massive potential, with a particularly impressive long-range shot in his arsenal.

Steve Bruce would have surely loved a reunion with the attacker, but a move for Saint-Maximin now seems more likely – and only time will tell whether that’s the correct choice.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United wrapped up a deadline day deal for Amiens defender Emil Krafth with the Swede being latest addition to the club.