Speaking recently on the Sky Sports Transfer Talk podcast, Dharmesh Sheth discussed West Ham United’s interest in Bournemouth striker, Joshua King.
Since arriving at Bournemouth from Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer back in 2015, King has gone on to make 182 appearances for the Cherries, scoring 52 goals and providing 18 assists along the way.
However, so far this season, the £9.9 million-rated 29-year-old has struggled for both game time and form in the Championship, failing to score over his 11 league appearances, only four of which have come as starts.
Despite this, recent reports have suggested that David Moyes could be considering the Norweigan as a potential replacement for Sebastien Haller, who joined Ajax in a £20.25 million deal at the start of January.
This is something that Sheth confirmed on a recent episode of the Transfer Talk podcast, claiming that, despite reports to the contrary, King is not demanding excessive wages for a move away from the South Coast side.
He said: “King, as we know, we’ve spoken about him so many times on this podcast, [has] entered the final six months of his contract at Bournemouth. [He’s] attracting interest from West Ham and West Bromwich Albion. Despite reports in the national newspapers, though, King is not demanding excessive wages in any potential move.”
Would King be a good signing for West Ham?
TIF Thoughts on Dharmesh Sheth’s comments regarding Joshua King…
While King is not having the best of seasons at Bournemouth this term, the centre-forward’s record of 63 goal involvements over his 161 Premier League appearances is evidence that the 29-year-old does indeed have what it takes to both find the back of the net and provide goals in the top flight.
As such, if King is not in fact demanding anywhere near the reported £120,000 per week that The Sun claimed he was holding out for, in our opinion, he would make a very useful attacking addition to Moyes’ side, something that is desperately required following Haller’s departure, as Michail Antonio is the club’s only recognised centre-forward at present.