‘King is an important part of our team - but Man United are hard to turn down’ claims Former Bournemouth defender

Friday, January 31st, 2020 12:34pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Ex-Cherries Midfielder Carl Fletcher has claimed Bournemouth may find it difficult preventing Josh King’s head from turning amid rumours linking him to Manchester United.

Manchester United announced the purchase of Bruno Fernandes yesterday evening, but it doesn’t seem their transfer activity is done just yet.

After selling Romelu Lukaku in the summer and Marcus Rashford picking up a back injury, United are short on goal scorers. Reports are claiming Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has turned his attention to a player who he knows all too well from his days coaching the reserves.

Bournemouth Striker Josh King was on Manchester United’s books in their academy at the same time Solskjaer began his coaching career with the United reserves.

King has scored 47 goals in 160 appearances for the Cherries after joining the club in 2015. These aren’t exactly stats that will stir excitement amongst Red Devil’s fans, but with less 12 hours of the window remaining, United may not be in a position to be particularly picky if they just need a warm body to play up top.

Someone who is desperate for United to steer clear of the Norwegian striker is former Bournemouth midfielder Carl Fletcher.

Speaking to Love sport’s Breakfast show, he revealed how highly he rates King and how vital the forward may be to the rest of Eddie Howe’s sides season.

“Josh has been a massive part of the club and the success of the last few years, he was developed at Bournemouth and came in at quite a young age from Blackburn and he’s done well.”

“He’s scored goals in the Premier League, he was obviously at United when he was younger, it would be a difficult one for us if we were to lose him. He’s such an important part of the squad and what the team try to do, but he’s done well.”

Fletcher did concede how difficult it may be to keep a player once a club of Man United’s stature register interest; “Sometimes, when United and some of the other bigger teams come calling it’s hard to say no and turn down. Hopefully, we might be able to keep him and help us out throughout the season.”


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