By Pete O'Rourke

29th Jan, 2020 | 3:27pm

Exclusive: Newcastle submit mammoth Jarrod Bowen bid

Newcastle United have submitted a blockbuster Jarrod Bowen bid worth £20million in total, Football Insider has learned.

The Magpies have made a formal move for the in-demand Hull City forward, 23, after his sensational form in the opening half of the campaign.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider the club have lodged an offer for Bowen that could rise to £20m including add-ons.

The Premier League club are in the market for more firepower ahead of Friday night’s transfer deadline.

Hull are vulnerable to losing Bowen as he is out of contract this summer.

The Championship club have the option to extend his deal by a further 12 months but that has not yet been activated amid doubts over whether he wants to stay.

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The prolific left-footed scorer is eager to test himself at the highest level but does not want to join a club where he is not a regular starter.

Bowen is third in the Championship top scorers’ list this season behind only Brentford’s Ollie Watkins and Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic, who both have 18.

The Hull academy product has 16 in the league and one in the FA Cup despite operating as a right-sided attacker rather than as an orthodox spearhead.

He has also supplied five assists in his 29 league matches this season and has an outstanding record of 54 goals and 13 assists from 131 matches for the second-tier club.

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