Bournemouth boss Jason Tindall has suggested Josh King will be allowed to join West Ham United, all he has to do is ask.
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And Tindall also delivered good news for West Ham fans concerned about the striker’s fitness after a lack of game time this season.
King has been linked with West Ham again in the January window after David Moyes failed with a bid for the forward in the summer window.
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The likes of West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh claim he remains Moyes’s key target.
Earlier this week talkSPORT reported that King – whose contract is up in the summer – is ‘desperate’ to join West Ham this month.
Speaking this weekend, Cherries boss Tindall revealed to The Bournemouth Echo that King has not told him he is desperate to join West Ham.
But he appeared to suggest all the striker has to do is ask.
And the 28-year-old is looking sharp just at the right time.
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“He’s not told me he’s desperate to go to West Ham,” Tindall told The Bournemouth Echo.
“I don’t know who he has said that to – I’d be very surprised if he has said that because he’s a Bournemouth player now.
“His main priority is what he does for this football club until anyone else tells him otherwise. That’s the way it will be. It’s the only way I’ll allow it to be and if he, or anyone else on his behalf tells me he doesn’t want to be at the football club, I will act in the way that’s in the best interest of the football club.
“Josh is a good player, he’s back fit now. He came on against Brentford and looked sharp when he came on.
“What happens away from that, whether he is here or someone comes in for him or not, we can’t control, so there’s no point in even really discussing it.”
Hammers must get creative to seal deal
The challenge for West Ham will be financing a deal for King.
Money is tight at the London Stadium. But Moyes has told FourFourTwo he will make signings if he needs to this month.
As things stand a loan deal is not an option as West Ham have already filled their two slots with Craig Dawson and Said Benrahma.
With King’s contract up in less than six months, Bournemouth won’t be able to command a big fee.
So West Ham will hope they can negotiate instalments spread over a longer term to make the deal happen.