Pundit can't believe Jarrod Bowen could pen new West Ham deal after insider reveal
Noel Whelan has insisted a new contract for Jarrod Bowen will not be a number one priority for West Ham in the build-up to the new season.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted next summer (2023) will be the deadline for the 25-year-old to pledge his future to the club.
According to West Ham insiders Claret and Hugh (29 July), David Moyes’ side have issued a “hands-off warning” to Arsenal as they continue to circle Bowen – along with Liverpool.
The report also claims the Londoners want to open contract talks with the England international – who they currently value at £50million – with his current deal expiring in June 2025.
Whelan insisted West Ham are guaranteed to receive a bumper fee for Bowen next summer regardless of whether he pens new terms.
“I think there’s a bit of breathing space right now for West Ham and Bowen,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“If there were two years left then it would be a different story. All it would take is another season and Bowen would be in that power position with one year left.
“They can afford to give it until the end of this season and see where the land lies. See how he performs, and see where the club ends up.
“Either way, they’re going to get a hefty fee.
“That fee is secure, as long as there’s a healthy two years on his contract. I can’t see there being too much interest this summer.
“He’ll be a West Ham player for this season, I’m sure. I think next year is when those discussions and questions will take place.
“Him and Rice – that’s a nucleus they need to keep together this season in order to stay around the European spots.”