Aston Villa have been handed a potential transfer boost, with The Telegraph claiming that Bournemouth are now willing to sell Josh King for the right price.
The Norway striker, who is currently out injured, has been a regular talking point this summer following the Cherries’ relegation back into the Championship.
King is one of a number of players being tipped to leave the club, despite Bournemouth already having sold Callum Wilson and Aaron Ramsdale and having lost Ryan Fraser on a free.
Villa are known to be chasing another striker, with King one of the players mentioned as a potentials signing. Indeed, the Birmingham Mail claimed a £16m bid was in the offing for King just a week ago.
Dean Smith has already signed Ollie Watkins this summer as he looks to add goals to his team. Meanwhile, Werder Bremen forward, Milot Rashica, is another name who has emerged as a target.
King is proven at this level but at 28 could be a risk at £16m – TBR View
While Josh King has done ok for Bournemouth and proven himself capable in the Premier League, he is now 28 and is coming off the back of a season where he only scored six goals.
Those figures are hardly brilliant and if Villa do have to pay around £16m or more for him, then you’d have to ask questions.
Milot Rashica looks a far better prospect on paper and someone who the club can invest in and improve. Of course, King would add that bit of experience and PL know-how, but Villa can’t afford to keep making mistakes in the market as they did last summer.