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West Brom needs revenue this January if they want a chance to survive in the Premier League, and a name has emerged as a potential target this week …
Which is the word?
According to the Daily mailBaggies boss Sam Allardyce is considering a ‘cut price’ move for AFC Bournemouth forward Josh King as he looks to add more firepower to his faltering squad.
Would Josh King be a good signing for the WBA?
Yes, write it down!
No way, go ahead!
The 28-year-old is entering the final six months of his contract, making it the last chance for the Cherries to cash in on his services before he is allowed to leave for free.
They turned down offers of £ 7 million and £ 13 million for him during the summer transfer window, although King has barely featured this season with the Championship team third in the division.
Shadows of Peter Odemwingie
Albion is the team with the most leaks in the Premier League, conceding 39 goals, six more than anyone else, in 17 games, so surely some defensive reinforcements were on the agenda.
That was until Karlan Grant was ruled out for six weeks with a broken foot, though it’s not like the goals were strong and fast for the Hawthorns anyway.
Only Burnley and Sheffield United have scored fewer than the Baggies’ 11 goals this season.
King’s arrival would certainly bolster his fortunes in front of the net, as he is a proven and highly experienced Premier League star.
In five consecutive seasons, the Norwegian international has scored at least six times, with 16 goals, the best of his career, during the 2016/17 season, according to Transfer market.
His versatility also adds an extra dimension, one that won’t stop Grant’s progress every time he returns from this latest setback. King can play anywhere throughout the top three. It also averaged 1.2 key passes per game in the Cherries’ final season before relegation.
No wonder his former boss, Eddie Howe, praised him with the “complete package” of Match of the Day (via The Faithful Soccer), adding: “Josh is outstanding physically, technically and mentally.”
The 6-foot-2 talisman has some similarities to former Baggies legend Peter Odemwingie: not much difference in height, the ability to play in a multitude of positions, and undoubtedly an underrated record at the big time (55 goal contributions in 129 games).
Allardyce must convince Luke Dowling to approve a move for him. £ 9.9 million sensation.
And in other news, Big Sam can solve his biggest problem with swoop for “extremely talented” beast …