Bournemouth forward Josh King has said that he is hoping to stay at Bournemouth next season but admits he was “intrigued” about talk of a move to Tottenham.
King’s fine form helped his Bournemouth side finish a club record ninth place in England’s top flight last season, as the 25-year-old fired home 16 goals in 36 appearances in the Premier League.
His impressive performances did not go unnoticed, and the Norwegian international has been linked with a move to a host of top flight clubs this summer, including last season’s runners up Tottenham.
However, King insists he wants to remain at the Vitality Stadium next season, although he admits he has kept an eye on the rumours surrounding him.
The 28-time-capped international told the Bournemouth Echo: “You never know in football but, hopefully, I will be here next year.
“I would be a liar if I said I hadn’t noticed it [the links with Spurs]. It was in most papers in England.
“I was intrigued even being mentioned in the same sentence as Spurs, a big team who play in the Champions League.”
King joined Bournemouth for just £1million from now-League One side Blackburn Rovers in 2015, and is contracted to the Cherries until 2020 after signing a new contract in the summer of 2016.
Tottenham may face a fight in securing the forward’s signature though, with Premier League rivals Everton leapfrogging the North London club to be named as favourites for his signature by SkyBet.
Spurs currently have Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Vincent Janssen as their recognised centre forwards, though the South Korean forward is set to miss at least four weeks of action after needing surgery on a broken arm, as reported by Yonhap News Agency.
The Toffees meanwhile will be looking for a proven top flight forward to fill the boots of Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, whose future at Goodison Park in serious doubt.