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Josh King Teams Up With Solskjaer’s Agent

Manchester United made a move for Josh King last January, during their desperate hunt for a new striker on deadline day.

The term ‘desperate’ is certainly applicable, with the club offering the Cherries a matter of hours to accept a ‘take it or leave it’ offer of £20m. Given Bournemouth’s precarious position near the bottom end of the table, and no time to sign a direct replacement, the side were unsurprisingly reluctant to let go one of their key players.

Despite the potential move looking like a wild goose chase, the King transfer is actually one years in the making. The player came through the ranks at United back in 2009, with there being an underlying hope of the forward one day returning, when he departed for Blackburn Rovers as a 23-year-old back in 2013.

Since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, King has never had a better opportunity to seal a dream move back to Old Trafford. The reliable David Ornstein (via The Athletic) reported back in January that the manager had once told his fellow Norwegian after a game that he would ‘one day bring him back to the club’.

In the midst of Odion Ighalo’s inevitable exit, speculation regarding King has once again risen. United are looking for a striker who can rotate with Anthony Martial, whilst at the same time not hindering the progression of the generational Mason Greenwood. Sky Sports have reported that the Red Devils are once again interested in the Bournemouth forward, who would no doubt be keen on a move back to Manchester, in a last career opportunity to represent a ‘top six’ club.

The player has even gone back to agent Jim Solbakken (via Instagram), a long-term friend and colleague of Solskjaer himself. King’s current contract at Bournemouth also expires in 2021, meaning this summer is the last chance the Cherries have to cash in on his services.

On paper, the transfer looks to be making all the necessary early steps. It’s one that makes sense given the squad role he’d be happy to play at Old Trafford and his fellow countryman is a fan. We expect this story to continue to pick up traction.

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