Man Utd back in for £20m strike target as Chelsea, two others join race

Date published: Sunday 24th May 2020 3:31

Manchester United have reignited their interest in Joshua King, but face competition from three Premier League rivals for the Bournemouth striker, a report claims.

King was the subject of intense speculation regarding a late move to United on Deadline Day in January, before the Red Devils had to turn their attention to signing Odion Ighalo instead.

Uncertainty remains over United’s chances of signing Ighalo on a permanent basis following the conclusion of his loan from Shanghai Shenhua, despite the player seemingly being desperate to stay.

Therefore, the club may have to look for alternatives, and according to Sky Sports News, King has come back onto their radar.

King began his senior career at Old Trafford, but never featured in the Premier League, instead being loaned out to the likes of Preston North End and Hull City before joining Blackburn Rovers on a permanent basis in 2013.

After two seasons with Blackburn, King made the move to Bournemouth for their first season in the Premier League, where he has since established himself as a reliable goalscorer.

Sky Sports claim that King is now of interest to four of the top six clubs in the English top flight – and Manchester United are once again among the interested parties.

However, they are also joined by Chelsea, who despite signing Olivier Giroud to a short-term contract extension recently, could be in the market for a striker in the summer. The other two interested clubs are not mentioned.

A price tag of £20m had been suggested back in January, before United cooled their interest – but King later confessed that it would have been a “dream come true” to return to Old Trafford.

The Norwegian striker, who scored on his last Premier League appearance back in February, is out of contract next summer, meaning Bournemouth may be forced to cash in on him when the transfer window re-opens.

 

 

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