Newcastle boosted as £30m target expresses anger at Bournemouth role

Date published: Thursday 31st May 2018 2:25 - Samuel Bannister

Newcastle United have been handed a massive boost in their pursuit of Bournemouth forward Josh King.

The Norwegian striker has been linked with a move to St James’ Park, and is unhappy with his role at his current club.

King told Norwegian paper VG: “I don’t like to make excuses but I have to say I was surprised when I returned in pre-season and was moved into a deeper position having done so well the year before.”

Manager Eddie Howe mostly used King in the number 10 role this season, despite him scoring 16 times as a centre-forward the year before. No player outside the top half of the Premier League scored more that season.

This season, he managed just eight league goals.

King continued: “People might say I’m selfish complaining when I play regularly but the numbers speak for themselves: I’m best as a striker. If you look at me as a player, I think nobody would say that I’m a No. 10.”

The 26-year-old is under contract at Bournemouth until 2021 and is rated in the £30million bracket by the Cherries.



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