Reported Aston Villa and West Ham United target Josh King is keen to secure a move either in January or before Friday’s transfer deadline with his future at Bournemouth more uncertain than ever, speaking to TV2.
After almost 90 days since the Cherries’ five-year spell in the Premier League came to an end, one of the club’s biggest stars is still stuck in limbo.
And with the longest summer window in history set to finally wind down on Friday afternoon, King has just a few hours left if he wants to play top-flight football for the remainder of 2020.
Then again, nine months after a dream move to Manchester United ended in heartbreak, there appears to be a real chance the Norway international will be taking on Luton rather than Liverpool and Millwall rather than Manchester City in the months to come.
West Ham made a £13 million bid for King but are now on the verge of landing Brentford’s Said Benrahma instead (Guardian).
Aston Villa, meanwhile, are aware of the forward’s availability but have shown little interest in meeting his £16 million price tag in the final week of a drawn-out window (Birmingham Mail).
“If you had asked me two months ago if I thought I would be in Bournemouth (by now), I would have answered 110 per cent no,” says King.
“It is a bit special to be a football player who has nine months left on his contract. We’ll see if I go now or in January.
“Had it been up to me, I would have already signed for a club and started the season, played four games and been in top form.
“I think the club (Bournemouth) would rather I be there but, like I said, I felt I had done my part and been loyal to the club for many years.
“We had an agreement between us (that I could leave) after what happened in January (with Manchester United).”
Fortunately for King, the Daily Mail believes David Moyes would like him and Benrahma rather than one or the other.
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