By Adefunmiloye Alani

19th Jan, 2022 | 8:40am

Steve McManaman: West Ham cannot afford to sell Bowen anytime soon

Steve McManaman reckons West Ham would be making a mistake should they look to cash in on attacking midfielder Jarrod Bowen amid interest from Liverpool.

The Englishman, 25, has been one of the Hammers best players in 2021-22, with six goals and seven assists in 22 Premier League games to his name, and the former Liverpool star has told Horse Racing selling him anytime soon could end up being costly.

Bowen is also believed to be on the radar of the England national team, and with his stocks continually rising, holding on to him could prove difficult for the Irons.

The BT Sport pundit said: “Jarrod Bowen continues to be linked with my former club Liverpool but he’s adored by everybody at West Ham.

“He’s been great. They bought him from Hull City for £20 million, which seemed a lot at the time, but he’s been great and continued to improve.

“West Ham would be mad to get rid of him because they’re starting to build something themselves and he’s probably now worth double or maybe triple what they paid for him.

“Declan Rice may be considered the superstar at West Ham but I’d be very surprised if they let Jarrod Bowen go.

“They may let Declan Rice leave first considering everything he’s done for the club and he will probably go for £100 million. Jarrod’s playing great, he’s scoring plenty of goals and he’s adored there.

“As we’ve seen on numerous occasions, the grass isn’t always greener. However, sooner rather than later,Liverpool will have to start looking to the future.

“Sadio Mané’s 29, Mohamed Salah’s 29, Roberto Firmino’s 30, so there will need to be a period of rejuvenation, replenishing and a turning over of this current squad.”

Hope?

West Ham are pushing above their weights at the moment, but can they manage to hold on to their big players should the bigwigs come calling?

The Anfield giants will comfortably offer Bowen a salary the Irons cannot simply match, and that could play a huge role in any move.

David Moyes’ side could end up offering Champions League next season and start challenging for silverware strongly every campaign, but the temptation of playing for a side as huge as Liverpool will always be there.

Should the West Ham ace keep impressing at this rate, he will not only be attracting the Reds.

More Premier League heavyweights and those outside England will surely be keeping tabs on his form, and the club have a huge task on their hands as far as holding on to him goes.

Every player has a price, and the Hammers will have to be intentional about keeping Bowen once the suitors start knocking on their door.

They cannot afford to lose such a key player right now or anytime soon, and it will be interesting to see how things go.

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