Emile Heskey is backing West Ham United or West Bromwich Albion to make a move for Josh King before the transfer window slams shut on February 1, speaking exclusively to HITC.
While Wolves are nearing a deal to bring in Willian Jose on loan from Real Sociedad, Bournemouth should still be assuming the worst regarding the future of their much-coveted Norway international.
It looks increasingly unlikely that King will be filling Raul Jimenez’s boots at Molineux any time soon but there are still a couple of other Premier League clubs desperate for attacking reinforcements.
The Sun reported a few weeks back that King is a target for both West Ham and West Brom. What’s more, Bournemouth will consider bids of £15 million with the former Manchester United youngster due to become a free-agent in July.
And Heskey believes that King’s proven track record in the top-flight would make him a smart signing for either David Moyes or Sam Allardyce.
“He gives you that pace, that directness, he understands the league. He’s an international player. I think they (West Brom and West Ham) should be looking at someone like him,” the former England ace says of King, who scored 12 Premier League goals in the 2018/19 season and a further 16 in 2016/17.
“Getting him at this part of the season, he should be able to hit the ground running because he knows what it’s about.”
Heskey does, however, believe King should be wary about joining a West Brom who, with just 11 points from 19 games, need a miracle if they are to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.
West Ham, meanwhile, are enjoying their best start to a campaign since 1985/86 and Heskey feels that the decision to sell the struggling Sebastien Haller to Ajax was good business – even if the Londoners were forced to accept a £20 million loss on their record-signing.
“I think at some stage you’ve got to cut your losses,” he adds of a man who never adapted to the speed and ruthlessness of England’s top flight.
“If he’s not giving you what you want, you move on. It’s a tough league and you’re constantly judged on everything.
“If you’re not used to that or you can’t get over that, it will eat you up.”
Haller already looks a man reborn in Holland, scoring once and providing a trio of assists in his first three Ajax matches.