Eddie Howe gives Man Utd genuine hope over deadline-day Josh King transfer

Matthew Briggs

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says Josh King’s future is out of his hands after Manchester United tabled an offer for the striker.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he was chasing a late addition to his forward line after Wednesday’s win over Manchester City.

Solskjaer said he was keen to add a striker who would “break a nose to score a goal” but so far his attempts have hit a brick wall, including a move for 28-year-old King.

The Daily Mail and The Telegraph reported that United had made an approach for the Norwegian striker as they looked for cover for the injured Marcus Rashford, and Howe all but admitted that on Friday.

Bournemouth though have rejected an initial offer for the player, whom Solskjaer worked with at Old Trafford over a decade ago, but the Cherries boss did not seem too hopeful of keeping his star man.

Speaking at his news conference on Friday morning, Howe said: “It’s a difficult one for me. I’m not going to deny anything you have read, but I don’t want to talk too much about it because there is a day to go.



“Who knows what is going to happen between now and the deadline closing. Josh is much valued and loved by us and obviously another club has seen how good he is so let’s wait and see.

“He’s a massive part of our team and he has been for a long time. He brings that unique strength and pace, coupled with great technical ability and an eye for goal. He’s been a massive part of what we have done in the last few years.

“He can also play in a number of positions and his versatility is key and we’ve missed him since he has been out injured. So speaking as the manage of the club I’d be reluctant to lose a player of that quality,

“I think from our perspective it is how late it is in the window. A day to go is incredibly difficult to replace a player of that quality.”

Asked what the situation would be if United improved their offer, Howe said: “It’s a difficult question to answer because it’s not my call at the end of the day. It would be one for the chief executive and the owner. A lot of these things are out of my control.

“I love Josh and I respect him as a player and a person and I know his situation and I know what Manchester United means to him and with his history and connections to the club. Let’s wait and see.”

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