Tottenham and Manchester United face surprise competition to sign Joshua King after a reported approach from AC Milan.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side desperately scrambled around to find themselves a new centre forward on deadline day in January and were strongly linked with King.
Their somewhat scatter-gun approach also saw the likes of Edinson Cavani, Danny Ings, Islam Slimani, Dries Mertens, Salomon Rondon and – perhaps most bizarrely – Adolfo Gaich all mentioned as United targets. They eventually got lucky with minutes remaining to land former Watford man Odion Ighalo.
While that deal has worked out well, United could well go back in for King following Bournemouth’s relegation from the Premier League.
King has a year left on his Bournemouth deal and both club and player have a decision to make this summer.
Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall is willing to sell any Cherries star if their valuation is met this summer. And that rule will apply to King, who has also been linked with a move to Tottenham.
However, the pair look set to miss out with Football Insider claiming Italian giants AC Milan have launched a shock bid.
The outlet cites a source, claiming the seven-times Champions League winners are extremely keen and are preparing an approach.
A move to Serie A would come as quite the surprise, but one that would likely interest the 28-year-old Norway international.
King has scored 50 goals in 167 games for the Cherries over his five seasons at the club.
Norway coach tips King to secure move
Norway assistant coach Per Joar Hansen has advised the 28-year-old to consider a move away.
“Now it’s like that in football that he has to think about whether he wants to be relegated or whether it’s time to move,” Hansen told Dagbladet.
“He has been there for five years now and has shown that he is a very good Premier League player. I doubt that he wants to go down one level, but we’ll have to wait and see.”