Steve Bruce could have saved Newcastle United £80m as ‘Declan Rice numbers’ needed for West Ham superstar

Declan Rice joined Arsenal from West Ham United for £105million last yearDeclan Rice joined Arsenal from West Ham United for £105million last year
Declan Rice joined Arsenal from West Ham United for £105million last year | Getty Images
Newcastle United must pay more than £100million to sign West Ham United forward Jarrod Bowen

West Ham United insist Jarrod Bowen is not for sale unless a seismic offer is made, according to reports.

Newcastle United are understood to be chasing the England international as their marquee summer arrival. Bowen, predominantly a winger but played most of last season up front, bagged 20 goals across all competitions.

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He is also a West Ham hero having netted the winner in the Conference League final last year. Before joining the Hammers in a £22million deal four years ago, Newcastle were thought to be interested.

Former Toon boss Steve Bruce later claimed he came within a whisker of signing Bowen but Mike Ashley would not sanction the move. He told the Die For Three points podcast: "The big one I missed on at Newcastle was Jarrod Bowen who we'd actually signed at Hull from Hereford United for about £50,000. I watched him come through, great kid.

"I had him parked in the service station on the M1 waiting to see if we had the permission, to see if I could scramble the funds to make it happen but I couldn't get the money together and he went to West Ham instead."

CaughtOffside now report that West Ham have a not-for-sale stance on Bowen. Only an offer exceeding £100million would tempt the Irons to offload their talisman.

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Declan Rice left the London Stadium for a similar fee and has proven a hit at Arsenal, coming agonisingly close to clinching the Premier League title. A lot could depend on how Julen Lopetegui views Bowen’s future, with the incoming boss set to take charge on July 1.

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