One of the controversial figures of English football, Marlon King is without a club again after leaving Sheffield United. Could Coventry City be his next move?
The 33 year old striker continued his nomadic career by leaving the Blades just three months after arriving in Yorkshire. Whilst he's scored goals throughout his career, his off field behaviour has sullied his name in footballing circles, with many fans vowing never to support King even if he signed for their team.
But the fact is, love him or loathe him, King can score goals, and as we enter the second half of the season, many teams will be looking for a striker to fire them towards promotion or away from relegation danger – so why not King? Here are four teams who could have an interest in the experienced hitman.
This is something of a longshot in this situation. Charlton have Marvin Sordell and Simon Church, as well as Yann Kermorgant up front, but have few options outside of those three. Manager Chris Powell spent time with King as a player with Watford, and with King's London roots, it could be worth a short term deal for the Addicks until the end of the season – especially given that King hit nearly 30 goals in his last two seasons in the Championship with Birmingham City.
Before his move to Birmingham, King rebuilt his career under his former Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd, who was with Coventry City. King bagged 12 goals in just 28 league games for the Sky Blues, but left in acrimonious circumstances as he turned down a new deal to head to local rivals Birmingham. With Chris Maguire's loan deal from Sheffield Wednesday now over, Coventry could stand to add more firepower, and a return to the club could be beneficial for all parties.
Another of King's former sides, Gillingham find themselves at the wrong end of the League One table, just two points above the dreaded drop zone. King made his name in the early 2000's with the Gills, scoring 47 goals in 116 games before making a move to Nottingham Forest for nearly £1m. Chairman Paul Scally was a big fan of King during his first spell at the Priestfield Stadium, but wages may make this option tough.
King could return to Nottingham, where County boss Shaun Derry is familiar with King having played with both Forest and Leeds United alongside King. County have been rooted to the foot of the League One table for most of the season, but now sit just three points from safety and the signing of a goalscorer like King could haul them away from trouble. Much like Gillingham, it would depend on wages, but a short term deal for an old teammate could be worked out.