According to the Sun, Everton are lining up a £15 million swoop for Bournemouth hitman Josh King. But if West Ham have any kind of ambition this summer, they should be looking to hijack the Toffees alleged move for the Cherries striker.
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Hammers boss David Moyes desperately needs to strengthen his attacking ranks at the London Stadium this summer.
Albian Ajeti will surely be moved on imminently, whilst Sebastien Haller needs more quality service, support and competition.
And Bournemouth striker Josh King would be the ideal acquisition for West Ham. Especially for just £15 million.
The problem for the Hammers, however, will be Everton’s interest in the 28-year-old.
Toffees Carlo Ancelotti will obviously be keen to bring in more competition for Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Moise Kean through the middle.
And with the Italian allegedly so keen to bring the Norway international to Goodsion Park, West Ham will have their work cut-out.
No funds for West Ham boss?
It has been widely reported that Moyes needs to sell before he can buy this summer. But who knows whether that is actually true.
Could it be that the owners are pleading poverty to avoid having to pay the absolute maximum for their targets?
Moyes’s recently said he wants to promise less and deliver more. And West Ham’s ‘lack of funds’ could very well be in line with that mantra.
Surely West Ham would be able to spend £15-20 million on Josh King. The Norwegian really would be a top class addition for the east London outfit.
The 28-year-old is an incredibly hard working striker. He always puts in 100 per cent effort, and constantly harries and harasses opposing defenders.
King racked up six goals and four assists for Bournemouth in 24 Premier League games last season (Who Scored). Hardly prolific, but as mentioned earlier, he has so much more about him than just goals.
The Cherries hitman is very strong in the air as well, having won an average of 2.3 aerial duals per game during those 24 outings this season (Who Scored).
West Ham should push the boat out and sign King this summer. The 28-year-old could be played alongside Haller, and he might just bring the best out of the Frenchman.
It won’t be easy for the Hammers to usurp Everton in the race for the Norwegian’s signature, however.