The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder has revealed why Bournemouth striker Josh King could be one to watch ahead of the January transfer window.
He confirms that King was a player we did have a ‘good look at’ before signing Callum Wilson over the summer, however the difference this time around could be the fact his contract expires next summer – meaning the Cherries may cash in at a cut-price fee in January.
When asked for a ‘realistic’ January target of ours on The Everything is Black and Podcast, here’s what he’s had to say:
“Well, you look around the transfer market in the summer and Newcastle were linked heavily with Callum Wilson but they also had a good look at Josh King of Bournemouth.
“They signed Wilson but Josh King’s contract is running down and it now depends whether Bournemouth are going to be in and around the championship playoff picture but if he became available for a knockdown fee and to add him to your ranks and attack, knowing he’s got the understanding with Fraser and Wilson I think it would be a no brainer to bring Josh King in.”
Yes, Bournemouth are pushing for promotion and an immediate return to the top flight, but uncertainty over the 28-year-old’s future has seen him feature in just FIVE of their 15 Championship games so far this season.
With him versatile, being able to play up top, out wide or just behind the striker, a recent target of ours, likely to be available on the cheap and someone both Wilson and Fraser will know very well, this could well be one to watch in the new year.
I’m sure plenty other sides will have him in their sights, but with Bruce’s focus being on Premier League proven players over the past few windows, he could well be a name that’s pushed to Mike Ashley next month.
With Matt Ritchie linked with a return to the South Coast over the summer, a potential part-exchange could even be explored if we remain interested.
I guess time will tell!