Everton seven-figure attacker bid rejected by London club - Sky Sports
By Harvey Byrne
QPR have rejected a bid worth up to £3million from Everton for young attacker Josh Bowler, according to Sky Sports.
The broadcaster’s transfer centre blog claimed on Tuesday (12.21pm) that the Toffees have had a seven-figure bid turned down for the 18-year-old from the London-based Championship club.
It is detailed that the Merseysiders tabled an initial offer of £1.5million, with the rest of the fee made up of performance-related add-ons.
But QPR are said to be keen to keep the right-winger, who signed a professional contract at the club as recently as February, taking him up to the summer of 2018.
Bowler has impressed in the youth ranks of the Loftus Road outfit and was awarded with his senior debut as a 21 minute substitute in the final day 4-0 defeat against Norwich.
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Everton boss Ronald Koeman has looked to bring in a number of young players since his appointment in the summer and he has already brought in Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman from then League One duo Sheffield United and Charlton respectively.
He has blooded the two young attackers into the first team and it is felt that they will be ready to play a more prominent role in the next campaign.
Now, Koeman will be on the look out for the next emerging star this summer and Bowler could be just that.
Football Insider verdict:
Given that he has only made the one appearance for QPR there is little known of Bowler. However, he has clearly shown enough to be awarded a professional contract at the London side and if Koeman and recruitment chief Steve Walsh feel as though he is worth £3million then you have to trust their instincts. The senior duo have been very smart in the transfer market to date and fans will surely be delighted by the next young prospect joining the side.
In other Everton transfer news, a reliable journalist has given an update on goal machine reportedly attracting the Toffees.