Report: Liverpool must pay more than £35m and £96k p/w wages to sign West Ham player

Liverpool aren’t short of inside forwards with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota, Harvey Elliot and Takumi Minamino at their disposal, but Fichajes say they’re after another – Jarrod Bowen.

The 24-year-old joined West Ham United on a five-year deal from Hull City in January 2020 and has gone on to make 70 appearances in all competitions, scoring 12 goals with 15 assists.

Bowen has made 11 Premier League appearances this season, scoring two goals with four assists, so he’s contributing a goal every 1.83 games. He assisted two goals in Sunday’s 3-2 win over Liverpool too, so it’s easy to see why the Reds are interest. They may be barking up the wrong tree, however.

Bowen is one of the first names on the teamsheet and has four more years remaining on his deal at the London Stadium, so it’s hard to see him being sold. The 24-year-old is playing for a club that recently leapfrogged Liverpool in the table to go third after the weekend, so he doesn’t need to leave West Ham.

If the United wide-man is granted a departure, however, he might be more affordable than expected. Bowen’s asking price is believed to be in excess of £35m while his wage demands could be in excess of £96k-per-week/£5m-a-year, so Liverpool could easily afford him.

Moyes isn’t likely to let an important player leave midway through the season either, as it leaves West Ham with only a few weeks to replace them, so Bowen might be a hard player to lure away until next summer.

The West Ham manager had been public in saying Bowen need not leave as he plays for a top-four club currently, so there might be some resistance if clubs lodge bids. But if Liverpool did put money up, might that turn the player’s head?

West Ham are indeed in a Champions League spot right now, but Liverpool won the competition in 2019 and sealed the Premier League title in 2020, so they have a reputation the Hammers can’t match.