West Ham United are reportedly gearing up for crucial contract talks with Jarrod Bowen, amid fears of a repeat of the recent Declan Rice transfer saga.
The Hammers experienced the departure of club captain Rice to Arsenal in the summer, a move that highlighted the difficulties clubs face in keeping players approaching the end of their contracts.
West Ham now face a similar scenario with Bowen, who has been repeatedly linked with Liverpool. The England international has also been touted as a target for Arsenal, with Jermaine Pennant today telling his former club they should sign the forward.
Bowen’s current contract runs until June 2025, but West Ham are eager to secure his long-term commitment to the club and ward off any potential suitors. Talks have commenced with Bowen about a new deal, and the club is reportedly prepared to offer a substantial pay rise to persuade him to stay.
Currently earning £60,000 per week with the Hammers, the player’s new terms are expected to reflect his impressive performances this season. Lucas Paqueta is currently the top earner at West Ham, with a reported weekly wage of £150,000, and the club’s offer to Bowen is expected to be in a similar region.
Despite the ongoing speculation and interest from other clubs, Bowen appears settled in East London. His excellent form this season, contributing five goals and one assist in seven Premier League outings, has solidified his importance to the Hammers.
However, the spectre of potential transfer sagas looms until Bowen officially commits his future to West Ham. Supporters, still haunted by the Rice situation, will be anxiously awaiting positive developments in the upcoming weeks as talks continue.