Back in the transfer window, West Ham were strongly linked with a move for Bournemouth forward Joshua King.
The Guardian revealed that the Hammers were keen, but felt that the Cherries’ £17.5 million asking price was too high seeing as the Norwegian only had a season left on his contract.
Ultimately, Bournemouth didn’t buckle from their stance, and the former Manchester United attacker remained at the Vitality Stadium.
On the basis of his form so far this term, it’s looking like David Moyes dodged a bullet.
In three Championship appearances, as well as four outings for Norway, King is yet to find the back of the net, nor has he provided a single assist.
WhoScored shows that the 28-year-old has only been averaging one shot per game in England’s second tier.
King also finds himself dispossessed 2.7 times in every Championship match, while he also takes 4.3 unsuccessful touches.
Moyes’ side have been doing just fine without the Bournemouth forward.
The Hammers have recently claimed draws against Tottenham and Manchester City, while before that, they emphatically dispatched of Wolves and Leicester too.
To set the record straight, King is still an excellent player. You don’t score 48 Premier League goals in five seasons for Bournemouth by being a bad striker.
However, for the figures quoted by the Cherries, West Ham did well to avoid spending a huge fee to sign the out-of-sorts frontman.