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Josh King opens up on failed Man United transfer

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Josh King has opened up on a failed deadline day transfer to his beloved Man United as Bournemouth decided not to sell their Norwegian striker.

King, 28, was the subject of an initial loan offer from United as his countryman Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scrambled around for a striker late in the January window. It is known that Bournemouth rejected the loan offer given their position in a relegation scrap and King was valued at more than $52 million.

United didn’t come in with another bid for King as they instead signed Odion Ighalo on a short-term loan as they try to plug the considerable gap left by Marcus Rashford‘s injury.

As for King, the former Man United academy graduate told Norwegian outlet TV2 that at one point he thought the deal was going to happen and he understandably seemed keen to return to the club he joined as a teenager.

“I have to be a little careful about what I am saying here,” King said. “A small part of me believed it could happen, and of course it was a bit emotional for me considering I had moved to England as a 16-year old to try and fulfil my dreams and to achieve my goals. I aimed to do so at Manchester United, and when it didn’t happen I made a choice and left. And when you hear after all that, that you are linked with Manchester United and that there was an offer on the table, then of course the same feelings you had as a 16-year old come back to you.”

King’s manager at Bournemouth, Eddie Howe, admitted on deadline day that he totally understood King’s connection with United and in particular Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who coached him in the reserve team.

After first moving to Blackburn Rovers and then Bournemouth the speedy striker had carved out a name for himself in the Premier League with the Cherries and he is their top goalscorer since they were promoted to the top flight.

To see this move break down will have been very tough for King. He is now a proven Premier League striker who delivers trickery, pace and goals drifting in from wide areas and he scored a superb winner against Man United earlier this season and could have slotted into their team long-term rather than just being a short term solution.

King may not get another chance for a move ‘home’ to Old Trafford and there’s no doubt he will have a ‘what if?’ feeling in the back of his mind for some time. Probably the rest of his life.

That said, if Bournemouth do get relegated this season perhaps King may find himself at Old Trafford next season as Solskjaer is clearly a huge fan of his.

Man United trying to sign Josh King

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Manchester United are trying to sign Bournemouth striker Josh King on deadline day, as the Red Devils have had one bid turned down by the Cherries.

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After signing Bruno Fernandes on Thursday, maybe the Red Devils aren’t done yet in the January transfer window?

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However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who managed King when he was in charge of the reserve team at United, has spoken on deadline day and doesn’t believe Man United will do anymore business.

“I don’t expect any more business to be done,” Solskjaer said. “Sometimes I say something here and something else happens. I don’t want to make speculation grow more and more today. I expect nothing to happen but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.”

The key detail here is that Solskjaer said that Marco Rojo and Ashley Young would not leave United this month. Both players departed.

United need a striker to help in the short-term given Marcus Rashford‘s injury but King, 28, would be a long-term buy. The Norwegian striker is currently out injured but has been a massive part of Bournemouth’s success under Eddie Howe with 45 goals in 151 league appearances.

Bournemouth’s manager is reluctant to lose King but admitted that given his close connections to Man United, the move could happen if United match Bournemouth’s valuation of the player.

“He’s a massive part of our team, as he has been for a long time,” Howe said. “Speaking as the manager of the club I would be very reluctant to lose a player of his quality. I love Josh as a player and a person. I have respect for him. I know his situation, what Manchester United means to him, with his history connected to the club, I understand his position. Let’s wait and see.”

Howe added that given how late this approach has arrived from United, it would be tough for Bournemouth to find a replacement for King: “It’s not my call at the end of the day, that’s going to be between the chief executive and the owner, a lot of these things are out of my control.”

They would certainly need a replacement as they’re embroiled in a relegation battle and are set for a tense final few months of the season.

This sounds like a deal which could have legs in the final hours of the window and given King’s connection to United and Solskjaer, it certainly makes sense from an emotional point of view. He would add quality to United’s attack but how often would he play? That is something Solskjaer and United have to weigh up as Bournemouth will no doubt hike his transfer fee up.

King scored the winning goal as Bournemouth beat Man United 1-0 earlier this season, so the Red Devils know all about his quality and if the price is right, King would be quite a shrewd signing compared to being linked with Islam Slimani, Salomon Rondon and Odion Ighalo.

VIDEO: Josh King scores superb solo goal v. Man United

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Wow. What a goal.

Josh King controlled the ball, flicked the ball over Aaron Wan-Bissaka‘s head and finished calmly to give Bournemouth the lead over his former club Manchester United right on half time.

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A superb solo goal from King, but United’s defenders will have plenty of questions to answer after they let the ball bounce in the box and barely challenged the Bournemouth striker.

Watch the goal in the video below.

Arsenal breaks through at Bournemouth

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  • Kolasinac, Aubameyang team up winner
  • Arsenal a point back of 4th
  • Cherries lose third-striaght

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang‘s league-leading 8th goal gave Arsenal a 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.

A Jefferson Lerma own goal put Arsenal in front, but Josh King gave Bournemouth a deserved deadlock before halftime.

Bournemouth remains eighth with 20 points, while Arsenal’s 27 points is one back of fourth-place Chelsea and three behind Spurs ahead of the North London Derby on Dec. 2.

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Bournemouth started well, and David Brooks had the ball in the goal from an offside position before Arsenal launched its first real foray forward through Lucas Torreira‘s ninth minute striking of the post.

Callum Wilson nodded a Simon Francis cross into Bernd Leno‘s hands, as the Cherries continued to have more dangerous moments than Arsenal.

Leno made an outstanding flying save on Ryan Fraser‘s whirling free kick in the 27th, and Arsenal took the lead through an own goal in the 30th.

Ryan Gosling gave away the ball and Jefferson Lerma’s slide to clear the ball rocketed past Leno.

Bournemouth was justly rewarded for its attacking ways with a stoppage time equalizer. Fraser sprang a counter attack from his own box, with David Brooks playing a role in finding King on the right side of the box.

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Torreira saw a deflected rip from the right of the box pop over the bar for a corner in the 58th minute, but no one met Henrikh Mkhitaryan‘s ensuing invitation via corner kick.

Arsenal found its lead when Sead Kolasinac‘s low cross evaded a sliding clearing bid to meet Aubameyang inside the six for a quick punch-in. 2-1.

Junior Stanislas had a low shot attempt turn off a defender’s leg to make Leno’s collection bid easy in the 81st as Bournemouth sought an equalizer. And Lerma hit the post three minutes later.

Bournemouth won a free kick just outside the 18 at the edge of stoppage time, but Stanislas gunned it over the bar.

Bournemouth 1-1 Southampton: Spoils shared as teams trade dominating halves

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  • Forster comes up big in 1st half
  • Each team dominated a half
  • Redmond brought on at HT, assists equalizer

Bournemouth proved the better side in the opening 45 minutes and capitalized, while Southampton took charge of the second half and was rewarded, leaving the spoils shared in a tale of two halves at the Vitality Stadium.

Fraser Forster was phenomenal in the first half, keeping out both Jermain Defoe and Nathan Ake with a pair of spectacular saves under a minute apart 20 minutes into the match. First, a venomous volley from Adam Smith made its way in front of net, and Defoe was there to redirect it at point-blank range, but Forster reacted outrageously quick and got his arm there to tip it over the bar.

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Moments later, Smith – from almost exactly the same spot – this time sent in a looping cross to the back post where Ake was waiting, and his header seemed destined to be the opener, but Forster again kept it out, falling down to his right and parrying the effort harmlessly to one of his defenders.

Southampton had a moment of its own on the half-hour mark as Charlie Austin headed a cross on net, but it was straight at Asmir Begovic who parried well. Bournemouth finally found the opener just before halftime as Josh King dispossessed Wesley Hoedt in the Saints half, and with the visitors caught napping, Ryan Fraser applied the finish for a deserved lead.

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Austin was the most dangerous option for the Saints throughout the match, and he was the man to draw them back level on the hour mark. As Southampton pushed with more attacking intent in the second half, a cross from halftime substitute Nathan Redmond found a completely unmarked Austin at the penalty spot, and he easily dispatched the chance.

Both teams came close to a winner down the stretch, as Josh King was inches from a second before Austin blazed a header just over the bar.

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The draw pushes Bournemouth five points above the relegation zone, while Southampton fails to take its chance to move into the top half, instead leaping Brighton into 11th position. Also of note, Adam Smith was contentiously booked for diving in the first half, leaving him suspended for Bournemouth’s next match at Crystal Palace.