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Alan Shearer previously hailed relegated striker Josh King, who is now linked with Newcastle

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Alan Shearer previously hailed relegated striker Josh King, who is now linked with Newcastle

Newcastle United are reportedly interested in signing Bournemouth striker Josh King, who has previously earned some positive comments from club legend Alan Shearer.

The Telegraph claimed earlier this week that the Magpies were eyeing both King and his Bournemouth teammate David Brooks as possible summer targets.

It is understood that the centre-forward would cost around £20million and is looking for a summer transfer following Bournemouth’s relegation from the Premier League.

King had a frustrating time last season that was disrupted with injuries, scoring six goals and supplying four assists in his 26 league appearance.

The Norwegian forward was unable to keep his team in the top-flight, but he’s previously shown his qualities at the elite level and he’s got 50 goals in 170 appearances for his current club.

 

Newcastle icon Shearer hailed the Bournemouth man back in the 2018/19 campaign for his performance against the Magpies and was particularly impressed with one area of his game.

King scored twice in that game in a 2-2 draw and Shearer mentioned his quality as a target man.

“His two goals took him into double figures in the league this season but he was also superb at linking the play for Bournemouth,” Shearer said back in March 2019.

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TBR’s View:

King certainly does have a physical presence in attack like Shearer mentions and has got the ability to bring others into play, something which makes him an exciting target for Newcastle.

He would be perfect as a central figure linking up next to Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin, who are both lethal cutting inside from the wings with their pace and trickery.

Steve Bruce’s side have missed a focal point in their team at St James’ Park and the Bournemouth man could be the answer, but whether they will fork up his £20million price tag remains to be seen.

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