Bournemouth’s negotiations with West Ham for striker Josh King have caused a stir at Manchester United, sources told ESPN.
Bournemouth are quoting West Ham in the region of £18m to sign King, despite telling United they valued the Norwegian at close to £50m in January. Solskjaer was keen to bring in King last season when Marcus Rashford suffered a back injury, but after being put off by the price tag, turned his attention to Odion Ighalo,
United are pointing to the disparity over King as evidence of the difficulties they believe they face in the transfer market. Sources told ESPN that in January, analysts relaid to Solskjaer and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that King’s market value was around £15m.
They were prepared to go higher given their need for a striker but were shocked when Bournemouth asked for a fee that would have made King, a former Old Trafford academy graduate, the fifth most expensive player in the club’s history despite having just 18 months left on his contract. — Rob Dawson