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Recently-Capped England Star Sparks Man Utd Transfer Talk

England kicked off their Nations League campaign in early June with a disappointing defeat against Hungary, forming part of their preparations for the winter World Cup.

In Qatar, they’ll line up against Iran, Wales, and the USMNT, looking to progress to the knockout stages, but their display in Budapest did little to excite supporters hoping to see them reach another final. The Three Lions were European Championship finalists last year, reaching the last four of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

There was a bright moment for Gareth Southgate’s men; the debut of West Ham United striker Jarrod Bowen. Bowen has been building a reputation for himself ever since emerging from the non-league scene as a 17-year-old with Hereford United. Seven years of hard work have seen him establish himself as a genuine prospect in the English game. Some of his recent comments have suggested he could move to Manchester United should the opportunity arise.

“When I got the call up there was that picture of me with the mohawk and I think it was a fake England top,” he told Sports Bible. “It was (David) Beckham growing up so I had the red mohawk. I don’t know why it was red, I don’t think he ever dyed his hair red, but he had the mohawk, the number seven so he was the one growing up.

“I followed Man United a bit growing up as well, but I think I more followed him because I thought he was cool. Him growing up, me supporting Man United trying to copy him with that picture and, as soon as I got sent it, I knew it was going out.”

The news that Bowen supported Manchester United and idolized Inter Miami supremo Beckham could open the possibility of a transfer to Old Trafford this summer, as new manager Erik Ten Hag begins his rebuild of the ailing giant. His current team finished just two points behind the Red Devils, but the clubs are miles apart in stature. Manchester United are almost always among the front-runners in the Coral Premier League odds each season, whereas West Ham outperformed their expectation. A stint in European football is headline news for the Hammers; it is an expectation for United.

The arrival of Bowen could certainly aid that expectation. He joined Hull City as a teenager, jumping from non-league to Premier League in the same manner as another headliner, Jamie Vardy. After three tough seasons with Hull, during which he appeared seven times without scoring, he exploded into life. He hit 15 from 44 games in 2017/18, 22 from 46 outings a year later, and had netted 17 in 33 when West Ham paid £18m ($22.6m) with an additional £7m ($8.8m) in add-ons in January 2020.

Since then, Bowen has settled in East London, and his goals this season helped his side to the semi-finals of the Europa League. He scored 12 Premier League goals and chipped in with ten assists, the first player to do so for the Hammers this century. It earned him the Player’s Player of the Year accolade, something he also won at Hull City in 2018.

There’s often little room for sentiment in football, and supporting one team as a boy doesn’t mean a player ends up representing them, but if Ten Hag is looking for an exciting, homegrown winger to bring some.

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