Villa scrambling for striker and offer £16m for star with 10 months on deal

Aston Villa have offered £16m for Bournemouth striker Josh King, according to the Daily Telegraph.

John Percy claims that Villa are very keen on a move for the Norwegian after missing out on his Bournemouth team-mate Callum Wilson.

Wilson sealed a transfer to Newcastle on Monday with the 28-year-old England international joining the Magpies for an undisclosed fee, which is understood to be in the region of £20m.

Villa boss Dean Smith, who has also been linked with Ollie Watkins, was also chasing Wilson. In fact it’s reported Villa made a £21m offer for the forward, who decided to head north.

Now though he has switched his attention to 28-year-old King, who almost signed for Manchester United in the winter transfer window.

The report claims King, who has less than 12 months on his contract, is available for around £16m.

King has scored 48 Premier League goals for Bournemouth in 141 games since moving from Blackburn Rovers.

Last season he hit six goals and four assists from 26 top-flight games and his form alerted United.

King: I have to watch what I say

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made an approach for King on deadline day in January as he scrambled around looking for a striker.

However, a deal never materialised with United instead signing former Watford striker Odion Ighalo from China.

It left a bitter taste in the mouth of King, who came through the academy at Old Trafford.

It has since been claimed that King felt “used” by United over the aborted transfer, having outlined his frustrations at “broken promises” surrounding the deal.

Speaking to Norwegian broadcasters TV2 [via the Daily Mail], King said: “How close it was I have no complete answer to. I have to watch what I say.

“I had some faith that it was going to happen. And it was a bit sensitive for me considering that I moved to England as a 16-year-old to achieve my dream and wanted to reach that goal at Manchester United.”