West Ham, Everton usurped in striker hunt as Burnley prepare swap offer

Date published: Friday 22nd January 2021 4:56 - Samuel Bannister

Burnley are keen to sign Joshua King from Bournemouth this month and could offer Matej Vydra in a part exchange, according to a report.

King has been linked with a return to the Premier League ever since Bournemouth were relegated last season.

He was a target for West Ham in particular, as they looked to add attacking reinforcements. There have also been links with the likes of Everton and West Brom – while he had been a target for Manchester United when Bournemouth were still in the Premier League.

Ultimately, King has had to ply his trade in the Championship for a few months, but talk of a Premier League club coming in for him is never far away.

It recently emerged that West Ham still have him on their wish-list. The Hammers sold Sebastien Haller to Ajax earlier this month, so need a replacement striker.

King is still on their minds, although they have a number of other options too.

There is a new contender for his signature, though, and it is another team who wear claret and blue. According to Football Insider, Burnley want to sign the Norway international.

The 1-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield showed what Burnley are capable of, and with new owners at the helm, they could be optimistic about some potential signings.

The website claims King is a target for Sean Dyche’s side. What’s more, Bournemouth are willing to listen to offers.

King, 29, is out of contract at the end of the season. Therefore, Bournemouth would rather sell him now than lose him for free.

Vydra exit to unlock deal

Burnley think they may have the formula that could tempt the Cherries into giving them King. Football Insider add that the Clarets could offer Vydra in return.

Vydra has featured little in the Premier League, although he has shown his quality in cup competitions. However, his time at Turf Moor could be up soon.

Burnley are planning to use him in a cash-plus-player bid to win the race for King. With West Ham seemingly stepping down, their own focus may turn elsewhere in their search for a striker.

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