West Ham United are planning to make a £16 million bid for Josh King, with The Sun reporting that the Hammers have seen their previous offer rejected.
The Irons are still on the lookout for a new striker. David Moyes is still searching for Sebastien Haller’s replacement at the London Stadium.
They had been interested in Youssef En-Nesyri. But The Sun has reported that they have now switched their attention to King.
The report claims that they have offered £13 million for the Norwegian. However, that was rejected by Bournemouth.
But The Sun adds that the Irons are readying an improved bid. It is noted that the Cherries are prepared to hold onto King for the final months of his contract and risk losing him for nothing in the summer should their asking price not be met.
It is a gamble to make a £16 million bid for a player whose deal expires in a few months. Admittedly, the 29-year-old has proved that he can score goals at the highest level.
But he is still awaiting his first goal of this campaign. He has only started four games in the Championship. But it is still not a record that stands out.
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West Ham will seemingly not only have to part with a substantial sum to have a bid accepted, but they will also have to be prepared to offer a lucrative contract.
The Sun recently claimed that Everton had cooled their interest in King. And the reason was said to be his desire to earn £120,000-a-week at his next club.
That report noted that King was relaxed about the prospect of staying at the Vitality Stadium until the summer. So it would appear that he may be unwilling to compromise on the terms he wants during this window.
King has shown that he is good enough to play in the Premier League. But given his contract situation, it would be a huge risk for any club to pay £16 million before committing to a £120,000-a-week contract.