Back in January, an unexpected Josh King move back to Man United was apparently in the pipeline. Now, he’s spoken out about what unfolded…
Josh King spent five years in Manchester, before moving to Blackburn Rovers on a permanent deal back in 2013. After two seasons with the Lancashire outfit, the Norwegian would move to AFC Bournemouth.
King would flourish on the South coast, making an excellent impression under manager Eddie Howe. However, back in January, a move back to Old Trafford almost came to fruition.
After being relegated with The Cherries, the 28-year-old has opened up after his failed United transfer, admitting he ‘really wanted’ to go there. He did, however, admit he understood why it happened the way it did.
“I know why things happened. We’ll just have to wait and see. There is a lot that is open.”
At the time, I wanted King to sign. He provides depth all across the attacking line, while offering something different to Odion Ighalo. However, King would have been a short-term fix as opposed to a long-term solution.
Should United make another effort to bring King in?
It all depends on whether United plan to bring in serious competition for Anthony Martial up top. If they’re setting their sights higher than King, I’d understand it.
That said, of Solskjaer wants someone who is happy to play second fiddle and start in the cup games, King can still do a decent job. He’d probably be available for pretty cheap given Bournemouth’s relegation – but we’ve not really heard anything solid on the story since January.
Personally, I feel United should be looking at someone who can do more than just fill in when needed, but it all comes down to how highly Solskjaer values King.
At this stage, I’d be surprised if this deal happens, but I guess in football, you can never say never…