Longstanding West Ham United target Josh King could yet end up in claret this window, one way or another.

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West Ham failed with a £13million move for King in the summer window.

David Moyes was widely expected to renew interest in the Bournemouth ace this month.

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But West Ham have so far looked elsewhere with bids rejected for Reims striker Boulaye Dia (Telefoot Chaine and Get French Football News) and Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri (The Athletic).

There have been conflicting reports this week that West Ham will try again for King.

The Sun claimed the Hammers could go as high as £16million for a player who is out of contract in five months.

But West Ham insiders Claret & Hugh insist the striker’s £120,000 per week wage demands make any move highly unlikely.

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talkSPORT claims West Ham are ‘considering a fresh move’ for King but Burnley are also interested

Overnight there was a twist as talkSPORT sources claimed King wants to leave the Cherries this month and West Ham are considering a ‘fresh move’.

However talkSPORT also claimed King could be playing in claret whatever happens as Burnley have also joined the race for his signature.

“BREAKING: Burnley have joined the race for Bournemouth’s Josh King,” talkSPORT reports.

 

“West Ham are also considering a fresh move for King, who wants to leave Bournemouth – talkSPORT sources understand.”

Hammers boss Moyes is frantically trying to sign a new striker before the January transfer window slams shut in eight days time.

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Moyes desperately needs new striker but anything more than £10m for King would be crazy

West Ham have £20m burning a hole in their pockets after selling Sebastien Haller to Ajax.

But Moyes has insisted he will spend it wisely and will wait until the summer if it means he gets the right player.

That’s despite only having injury-prone Michail Antonio and untested youngster Mipo Odubeko to rely on up front.

Surely West Ham would be crazy to pay as much as £16m for King given he could arrive for free in the summer.

King would be an excellent addition on a free for the Hammers.

But signing him for anything above £10 million this month, however, would constitute bad business and a terrible waste of money.

Let’s hope that the West Ham board see it that way too.

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