West Ham United are still interested in signing Josh King ahead of today’s transfer deadline.
That’s according to the latest report from Sky Sports.
West Ham had a £13million bid for King rejected by Bournemouth at the weekend (Sky Sports).
There had been speculation the Hammers would return with an improved offer.
West Ham set to seal Benrahma deal, had King bid rejected
Bournemouth were reportedly holding out for £18m but may be forced to lower their expectations given that King will walk away for nothing next summer.
David Moyes desperately needs to bolster his centre-forward and left-wing department before the domestic transfer window slams shut at 5pm.
The Said Benrahma deal looks set to be completed before then barring any last ditch snags.
It was always thought signing the Algerian and King was highly unlikely.
But Sky Sports once again insist West Ham remain interested in completing a late swoop for the Norwegian striker.
Sky Sports reiterate claim that Hammers still want King
“West Ham remain interested in Bournemouth forward Joshua King despite having had a £13m bid for him rejected at the weekend, with the Championship club valuing the Norway international at around £18m,” Sky Sports reported yesterday afternoon.
“King, who has one year remaining on his contract, has scored 48 Premier League goals for the club since joining in 2015.”
In a revealing interview back in his native Norway this week, King revealed he cannot believe he is still at Bournemouth.
And the former Manchester United youngster says the last two months have been the worst of his life.
“I hope to return (to the Premier League), the transfer window is still open, so we’ll see,” King told TV2.
‘Worst two months of my life’
“I want to start playing again and get in good shape, that’s the most important thing…
“If I’m to be honest, it’s been the two worst months of my life. But I can’t give a reason.”
Should West Ham somehow get Benrahma and King over the line it would paint a much brighter picture of what had been a woeful transfer window.
Vladimir Coufal looks a quality addition while Benrahma and King would give Moyes plenty of options for various formations.