West Ham have announced the signing of Hull Striker Jarrod Bowen for a fee around £14 million plus £8 million in add-ons.
The deal seemed to be ready to be completed without a hitch this morning, before Crystal Palace and Bournemouth made late and ultimately futile attempts to hijack the deal.
Deadline day proved to be an emotional rollercoaster for all those associated with West Ham, with the Bowen deal hanging in the balance until late on in to the evening.
West Ham dealing with deadline day transfers proper stresses me out— West Ham Transfers (@westhamtransfer) January 31, 2020
David Moyes’ side have struggled at times in front of goal this season, Sebastian Haller is the club’s top scorer with just six goals in all competitions. The Hammers fans are overjoyed at the acquisition of another goalscorer.
Players like Jarred Bowen, Josh Brownhill and others being linked with us now.— West Ham Fan Zone (@WHUFCFZ) January 30, 2020
Not the big, glamorous names that we've targeted previously. However, they're proper grafters who will work for the team, and that is what playing for West Ham United is all about.#WHUFC #COYI
Bowen was Hull City’s top scorer in his previous two full seasons and is their leading marksmen for this campaign with 16 goals to his name. The deal will see Josh King remain at Bournemouth, who were only willing to let the Norwegian depart if they could pinch Bowen from under the noses of the Hammers.
Hull acted quickly in terms of finding Bowen’s replacement and have announced the loan signing of Marcus Maddison from Peterborough United.
Bowen was not signed in time to feature for the Hammers huge home clash with Brighton tomorrow, as his new teammates welcome Graham Potters side in what looks to be a vital fixture for the outlook of the remainder of their season.