Andy Townsend has suggested that Manchester United should make Jarrod Bowen one of their main summer transfer targets, saying West Ham will be primed for interest.
The 25-year-old has enjoyed an impressive season for the Hammers, posting an impressive comeback of 18 goals and 13 assists in all competitions on the wing.
United face a major summer rebuild under new manager Erik ten Hag and with attacking players likely to be on his wish list, Townsend believes Bowen could be a contender.
Speaking to Andy Goldstein on Drivetime, Townsend said: “Jarrod Bowen has been great. He has been so good lately.
“I’ll tell you what, I bet West Ham get an offer or two for him in the summer, I bet they do.
“Would you [at Manchester United]? Like a shot you should be saying.
“He can play anywhere. I’ve seen him play in the middle at West Ham, on the one hand. Lucky for you, he would enter your team wherever he wants!
“I would play him on the right side.”
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Bowen’s signing would put big questions over the future of Jadon Sancho, who has struggled to live up to hype since his £73m arrival from Borussia Dortmund last summer.
And Townsend has urged the English winger to follow Bowen’s lead to improve his form with the Red Devils.
“Sancho has to cheer up, that’s what he has to do,” he added.
“He has to do more; he has to do a lot more because he’s had what, half a dozen decent games?
With Bowen in fine form at club level, questions have also been raised about his chances of being called up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
However, according to Townsend, that opportunity could be difficult to materialize.
He said: “He’s a good player, Jarrod Bowen.
“Should I be on the plane? She probably won’t get on the plane, right? It just happened a little late and I think most of the seats on that plane are taken.
“With all the players at the top of the field that Gareth has to choose from, I don’t see him getting on the plane unless he shows up in a few of these Nations League games and plays incredibly well.
“But he is a dangerous boy, there is no doubt about that.”