West Ham United January striker target Josh King finally returned to first team action last night as talk of a move intensifies.
The Hammers tried but failed to sign King for £13m in the summer window (Sky Sports).
West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh report that David Moyes wants a new striker in January and claim King remains his priority.
Insider delivers ‘depressing’ Antonio update
Michail Antonio has suffered injury problems again this season while Sebastien Haller continues to struggle for West Ham.
West Ham’s links with King have intensified this week. Claret and Hugh have claimed that the Hammers will press ahead with their plans to sign the Norwegian next month even if Moyes is unable to raise funds by moving on some deadwood.
The situation has become more acute overnight after an update from West Ham insider ExWHUemployee.
King concerns eased as Hammers target returns to match action
Some supporters have raised concerns that King is not the answer. Particularly given his lack of game time since July.
King had made just five appearances and not been seen in the Bournemouth squad for a month.
That was until last night when West Ham target King returned to action.
King was on the Cherries bench for the win over Wycombe which put them top of the Championship.
He got a 10-minute run out at the end of the game. It came after former West Ham academy graduate Junior Stanislas had given them the lead.
King has been missing ever since testing positive for Covid-19 after going away on international duty last month.
Boost for Moyes as Hammers need forward who can hit the ground running
West Ham boss Moyes will be boosted by King’s return to action.
But the Hammers will be hoping he can get some more match fitness between now and January.
The Hammers need someone who can hit the ground running.
Particularly with Antonio out for an extended period – and being potentially one sprint away from another hamstring injury when he does return – and Haller’s poor form.