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Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall has raved about reported West Ham United target Joshua King in The Bournemouth Echo.

Tindall has joked that King’s heroics for Bournemouth in the FA Cup on Saturday has added a further £5 million on his price-tag.

The 28-year-old Norway international striker scored twice for the Cherries, as they got the better of Oldham Athletic 4-1 at home in the third round of the FA Cup.

According to The Sun, West Ham are among the clubs interested in signing King from Bournemouth in the January transfer window.

The report in the British tabloid has claimed that the Cherries are looking for £15 million as transfer fee for the former Manchester United prospect.

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Tindall told The Bournemouth Echo about King: “The speculation has been there the last few days and Kingy played today, he was eager to play, wanted to play and he’s played and scored two goals.

“I don’t think it’s affecting him too much. I think throughout my time at the football club there’s always been speculation on many players in every transfer window.

“That’s just the way it is, that’s the way it will always be no doubt and we can’t deal with speculation, we can only deal with facts and what happens.

“Until someone tells me otherwise, Josh King is a Bournemouth player and I’m grateful and thankful for that. It might’ve put another £5million on his price tag!”

West Ham United need a striker

With Sebastien Haller having left for Ajax, there is space in the West Ham squad for a recognised and senior striker.

King has done relatively well in the Premier League for Bournemouth over the years, scoring six goals in 24 starts in 2019-20, 12 goals in 34 starts in 2018-19 and 16 goals in 31 starts in 2016-17, according to WhoScored.

It remains to be seen if West Ham are able to tempt Bournemouth into selling King this month.

Bournemouth’s Joshua King celebrates with the match ball after the game (REUTERS)

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