Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall is “delighted” to see Josh King stay at the club despite reported interest from West Ham United and Everton last week, speaking to the Daily Echo.
Five games into the 2020/21 season, the Cherries are sitting pretty in the Championship, unbeaten so far and just two points off the top of the table.
And with Norway international King set to stay until January at least, Bournemouth might just have become favourites for the second-tier title.
After all, this is a player who scored 12 Premier League goals as recently as 2018/19 and, when fit and firing, could be far and away the most feared attacking talent in the division.
“For the football club we’re delighted Josh King is still a Bournemouth player,” said Tindall, Eddie Howe’s replacement who has led the South Coast club to three wins from five games since taking charge.
“I’m delighted as manager Josh King is still a Bournemouth player. To have someone of his quality to call on is going to be a great thing for us.”
West Ham made a £13 million bid for the one-time Manchester United youngster last week but were reluctant to meet the £17.5 million fee Bournemouth were demanding.
Interestingly, The Mirror (15 October, page 65) reported David Moyes viewed King as the perfect addition to his Hammers front line. But, with the 28-year-old due to become a free agent in 2021, the West Ham board felt Said Benrahma represented better value for money.
Everton were also linked to King, via Football London, although it’s hardly as if the Toffees are struggling for goals at present.
Only Tottenham (15) have scored more than a Dominic Calvert-Lewin-inspired Everton (14) so far.
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