Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly plotting a summer move for Bournemouth attacker Josh King.
According to Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are lining up a move for Bournemouth striker Josh King in the summer. The Norwegian has been in exceptional form for the Cherries this term, scoring 12 league goals in the new year.
Spurs, who are challenging for the title, have relied on the services of Harry Kane to grab the majority of the goals, and in his absence manager Mauricio Pochettino has had a major selection dilemma.
The Argentine roped in Vincent Janssen in the summer, hoping that he could prove to be a viable understudy to the English striker, but the Dutchman has endured a torrid first season in the top flight.
Son Heung-min has often been used as a central striker or a false nine in the absence of Kane, but his tendency to drift to wide has seen Spurs crave for an out-and-out striking option to take some of the burden off the Englishman’s shoulders.
For which, they have turned their attention to former Manchester United academy graduate and current Bournemouth striker Josh King. The Norwegian moved to Old Trafford when he turned 16 in January 2008, hoping to break into the first team.
He showed initial signs of promise by doing well for the under-17s and then made few appearances in the Manchester and Lancashire Senior Cups. He made his debut for the senior side in a League Cup game against Wolves.
The Red Devils won the game 1-0, and King failed to create much of an impact during his brief spell on the bench toward the end of the game. He wasn’t to feature again for the Red Devils that season, and after a few loan spells, he was sold to Blackburn Rovers, and then to Bournemouth.
Manager Eddie Howe has shown terrific belief in the 25-year-old, who has repaid his manager’s faith by putting in a string of splendid performances for the Cherries. He has almost single-handedly taken Bournemouth away from the relegation zone this season.
While Howe will be unwilling to offload the player, should Spurs loosen their purse strings and offer a fee in the region of £15 million for his services, the Bournemouth hierarchy could be tempted to let go of the player.
He has enjoyed two good seasons in the English top flight, and has a decent amount of experience to play as Kane’s understudy at White Hart Lane. Also, with Spurs set to compete in the Champions League, they will desperately need to strengthen the depth of the team.