Bournemouth’s King lifts lid on failed transfer to Man Utd

Date published: Monday 10th February 2020 8:34

Josh King Bournemouth

Bournemouth striker Josh King had “faith” that a January transfer window move to Manchester United would happen before it collapsed on deadline day.

United failed to agree terms with the Cherries on a deal for Norway international King, before recruiting ex-Watford hitman Odion Ighalo on loan from Shanghai Shenhua.

Oslo-born King came through United’s academy before joining Bournemouth in 2015 following two years at Blackburn.

King hit 12 Premier League goals last term and is returning to full fitness, making a substitute appearance on Sunday as the Cherries lost 2-1 to Sheffield United.

On his failed move to Man Utd, King told Norwegian media outlet TV2: “How close it was I have no complete answer to. I have to watch what I say.

“I had some faith that it was going to happen. And it was a bit sensitive for me considering that I moved to England as a 16-year-old to achieve my dream and wanted to reach that goal at Manchester United.

“It did not [happen] and then I made a choice and left. When you hear that you are connected to United and a bid comes in, then the feelings you had as a 16-year-old come back to you.

“But why it did not happen, I do not know.”

He added: “I’m a Bournemouth player and I really enjoy it here.

“But it had been a dream come true, I will not lie. But that didn’t happen and I’m going to give everything to Bournemouth as long as I’m in this club.

“The coach [Eddie Howe] was absolutely fantastic with me during those days and was very helpful with me. I have respect for how he behaved with me during the little episode.

“So I just have to keep working hard to try to help the club out of the situation we’re in now.”


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