Date: 10th September 2020 at 12:45pm
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Speaking recently on the Ask Ornstein YouTube show, David Ornstein provided an update on the latest rumours in the summer transfer market, and in particular, Aston Villa’s interest in Bournemouth forward Josh King.

Since moving to Bournemouth from Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer back in 2015, King has gone on to make 170 appearances for the Cherries, scoring 50 goals and providing 17 assists.

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Last season, the £14.4 million-rated 28-year-old featured 26 times for Bournemouth in the Premier League, scoring six goals and providing four assists, averaging a WhoScored match rating of 6.76/10.

However, despite a slightly disappointing campaign last term, the forward had highly impressed in the season before last, scoring 12 goals and providing three assists over 35 appearances in the league, averaging a WhoScored match rating of 6.96.

With Bournemouth suffering relegation to the Championship in the 2019/20 season, King has been linked with a move away from the club, with Aston Villa reported to have made a £16 million offer for the Norway international.

This is something that has been backed up by Ornstein, as although he does not mention Dean Smith’s side making a firm bid for the 28-year-old, he does confirm that the club have an interest in King.

He said: “Villa are actually looking at bringing in more than one forward during this transfer window. [Following the signing of Ollie Watkins] another could well follow, and we’ve seen reports linking them with Joshua King from Bournemouth. They are indeed interested in Joshua King, his value is around £15-20 million.”

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From Ornstein’s comments, it would indeed appear as if Villa are on the hunt for another attacking signing following their £28 million capture of Ollie Watkins, and it would seem that the fact reports claim Villa have made a £16 million offer for the Bournemouth striker suggests that King is a main target.

Whether or not this bid is accepted, we will have to wait and see, but the prospect of further additions to the club’s attacking lineup must be good to hear from the perspective of a Villa fan.