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Erik ten Hag should be advising Manchester United to sign Declan Rice’s West Ham teammate Jarrod Bowen in his first transfer window in charge of the club.
That is the opinion of former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland midfielder Andy Townsend, who expects West Ham to receive ‘a bid or two’ for in-form Bowen this summer.
Bowen has thrived since joining West Ham from Hull City in 2020 and is one of only seven players to have recorded 20 or more goal involvements in the Premier League this season.
An impressive return of 18 goals and 13 assists in all competitions has seen Bowen linked with an England call-up ahead of the World Cup at the end of the year and a move to Premier League title challengers and Champions League finalists Liverpool.
Townsend believes West Ham face a fight to keep hold of the 25-year-old ahead of this summer’s transfer window and says Manchester United could do worse than bringing him to Old Trafford.
Incoming manager Ten Hag is expected to bolster his United squad with a number of new signings in the summer, with the Red Devils strongly linked with a move for England international Rice.
But Rice might not be the only West Ham star heading to Old Trafford, with Townsend telling talkSPORT: ‘Jarrod Bowen has been great. He’s been so good lately.
‘I tell you what, I bet you West Ham get a bid or two for him in the summer, I bet they do.
‘Would you have him at Manchester United? Like a shot you would.
‘He can play anywhere. I’ve seen him play up the middle for West Ham, on one side. For United, he’d get in the team wherever he likes! I would play him off the right-hand side.’
Asked whether Bowen should expect a call up from England boss Gareth Southgate ahead of the Qatar World Cup, Townsend added: ‘He’s a good player.
‘Should he be on the plane? He probably won’t get on the plane, will he? It’s just happened a bit late and I think that most of the seats on that plane are taken.
‘With all of the players at the top of the field that Gareth has got to choose from, I don’t quite see him getting on the plane unless he features in some of these Nations League games and plays unbelievably well.
‘But he’s a dangerous boy, there’s no doubt about that.’
The 52-year-old will take over from interim manager Ralf Rangnick, who will juggle an advisory role at United with a permanent position in charge of Austria.
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