Bournemouth forward Josh King can afford to aim a little higher than Aston Villa and Fulham as he weighs up a return to the Premier League, former teammate Danny Murphy tells talkSPORT (14 September, 12.10pm).
With just three weeks left in the transfer window, a man who was on the verge of a big-money move to Manchester United just eight months ago is facing up to the very real prospect of finding himself stuck in the Championship.
A move to Newcastle appears to have passed King by, with the Magpies snapping up two of his former Bournemouth colleagues instead: Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser.
Aston Villa, meanwhile, appear to be focusing elsewhere too, holding talks with Lyon winger Bertrand Traore and Werder Bremen talisman Milot Rashica (Express and Star).
But Murphy, the former England international who shared a dressing room with King at Blackburn Rovers, is confident that his former teammate has a lot to offer at the top level.
“He’s was a very humble, nice lad, a realist and wasn’t above his station at all,” Murphy says.
“He’s done a very good job at Bournemouth, he’s had a few injuries here and there but I think when someone’s got that pace, I’d be surprised if there wasn’t someone willing to take him and I think that will happen.
“He’s a Premier League player.”
Murphy did suggest, however, that King can afford to aim higher than a newly-promoted Fulham side or a Villa team who were forced to wait until the final few minutes of last season to secure their Premier League status.
“I think he is (better than Villa and Fulham). But (Villa) could do with him.”
The Sun (13 September, page 61) reports that Fulham and Aston Villa would have to pay £15 million for King, who has lost his number seven shirt to David Brooks at Bournemouth.
Everton are keen too. But, after Richarlison, James Rodriguez and match-winner Dominic Calvert-Lewin shone at Spurs, there is no obvious place for him in Carlo Ancelotti’s XI.