£20m price-tag and Chris Wilder's latest comments makes Jarrod Bowen move unlikely
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£20m price-tag and Chris Wilder's latest comments makes Jarrod Bowen move unlikely

Sheffield United are unlikely to make a move for Jarrod Bowen during the January transfer window, reports the Sheffield Star.

Hull City are refusing to budge on their £20m asking price for Bowen, despite the fact the forward is out of contract in the summer.

Hull do have the option to extend that by a further year, but either way the Blades have decided to wait to decide whether they want to make a move for the 23-year-old.

Manager Chris Wilder has been given a budget of £20m to improve his squad this month. And he does not want to spend it all on one player.

Why Jarrod Bowen move is even more unlikely

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Wilder’s latest comments about his January plans makes it less likely United will try and sign Bowen.

“Unless something happens from an injury point-of-view, I’m happy with the forwards I’ve got,” the 52-year-old told BBC Radio Sheffield.

“I’ve got five forwards and play two up top, everybody knows that. So if they’re all fit, two off the bench and one whose trying to get into the group.”

That doesn’t include Leon Clarke, whom Wilder expects to leave Bramall Lane this month. It also means a move for Ollie Watkins is unlikely as well, although the Brentford man is also on their list of targets.

Instead, Wilder is focusing on signing cover for the overlapping centre-back positions currently occupied by Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell.

Jack Rodwell has already joined as a free agent in January and can play in the role. However, Anderlecht defender Elias Cobbaut and Luke Woolfenden of Ipswich Town are also being targeted.

It’s now thought Cobbaut could cost around £10m. Meanwhile, Ipswich boss Paul Lambert has rubbished reports Woolfenden could be signed for £3m.

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