West Ham journalist Roshame Thomas suggested that a move to sign Josh King is still very much on the cards for David Moyes, when speaking on the Athletic’s U Irons podcast.
The Hammers have been heavily linked with a move to sign the Bournemouth striker since the summer transfer window.
Moyes needs to add more competition and cover to his centre-forward ranks at the London Stadium.
And King is seemingly the ideal option for West Ham.
The 51-capped Norway international is proven at Premier League level. He is far from porilific, although his tally of 50 goals in 175 games for the Cherries isn’t horrendous.
King offers so much more than just goals, however. The Norwegian is an incredible hard worker. The Bournemouth ace is versatile and can play anywhere along the front-line. And he is apt at making unselfish runs into the channels in order to create space for his teammates.
If we can pick him up for a decent fee in January it will be an absolute no brainer for David Moyes.
And Roshane Thomas told the Athletic’s U Irons podcast that a move to sign King is still very much in play:
“The Josh King rumour – it’s not going away, it’s still there. When I compare and contrast King to Haller, obviously they’re very different in the sense that King is more versatile. He can play on the flank, he can play up front. I think all-round, he is more of a consistent goalscorer than Haller. He has a similar work rate to Antonio, pressing defenders, which we sort of need. That’s a rumour which hasn’t gone away and could be something West Ham look to do in January.”
Claret and Hugh recently claimed that the Hammers may only have to pay £13 million, or even less for King. West Ham would be prepared to pay up to £15 million, however, split over 24 months in order to bring the Bournemouth striker to east London.
Surely we can pick him up for less than that, however. West Ham should pay no more than £8 million or so for a player whose contract is set to expire in the summer.
Let’s hope that the owners don’t end up overpaying for King.