Ed Woodward gave Bournemouth 15 minutes to accept Manchester United’s £25million bid for Josh King in the January transfer window, according to reports.
The Norway forward was at Old Trafford as a youngster, having signed from Valerenga when he turned 16.
During his time with United, King worked alongside Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the reserves before eventually joining Blackburn in 2013.
Solskjaer was reportedly keen on a reunion with the Bournemouth man, who when fit would have provided cover for injured England forward Marcus Rashford, but United eventually opted to bring in Odion Ighalo on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Man Utd were said to have had ‘two offers’ rejected for King in the January transfer window with their highest understood to be a bid of £25m.
And now The Athletic claims that Man Utd’s executive vice-chairman Woodward ‘set an unusual limit on deliberations’ during the closing stages of negotiations for King.
With United’s final offer of £25m on the table, Woodward is understood to have phoned Bournemouth chief executive Neill Blake and said: “You have 15 minutes to tell us whether you accept, or we’ll be signing a player from China.”
The report in The Athletic added: ‘Bournemouth were not sure whether this briefest of deadlines was serious and let the 15 minutes elapse as they weighed up the proposal. Sources say it also indicates a certain reticence from Old Trafford to actually complete the deal.’