David Moyes wants Jarrod Bowen to hit the ground running at West Ham– but admits it could take SIX MONTHS for him to be Premier League ready.
The Hammers beat off competition from Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Bournemouth to sign the 23-year-old Hull City forward in a deal worth £14m rising to over £20m with add-ons.
Bowen has scored 16 goals in the Championship this season but Moyes claims it could take the new boy time to adapt at London Stadium.
He said: “When I was at Everton I signed Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Joleon Lescott. They all took six months before they were ready for the first team. The one who was ready was Tim Cahill who came in from Millwall.
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“Quite often they take a little bit of time to get used to the speed. Everybody hopes that you’re ready right away. I hope he is. I hope I don’t have to wait six months to get the best out of him.
“I think it would be unfair to judge him straight away. But he fits the bill in terms of what we’re trying to change.
“We’re trying to bring in younger ones. I don’t want to be bringing in stop-gaps. I want people with a future who have a chance of improving at West Ham.”
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Bowen snubbed Palace to sign for the Hammers after Newcastle pulled out of the race over a fee they believed excessive for a player in the final few months of his deal.
Moyes sees Bowen primarily as an option at inside forward on the right hand side of his team behind Sebastien Haller.
The Hammers boss said: “He’s played more off the right side coming in. Most of his goals have come from that position. He’s an old fashioned inside right.
“But he has played as a second centre forward or a No 10. We’ll try and find a role for him. The thing we’re attracted to is his goals. Not just in one year but over the last three years.”
Leeds had also been interested in Bowen but the 23-year-old has headed to West Ham to become their third new signing of the window.
He joins Darren Randolph and Tomas Soucek at the London Stadium with David Gold confirming the transfer on Twitter.
The owner tweeted: "I am delighted to confirm the signing of highly-rated forward Jarrod Bowen from Hull City. The 23-year-old joins on a five-and-a-half year contract. Good luck Jarrod!”
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