With Bournemouth’s Premier League status in jeopardy and various players coming to the end of their contracts, many of the league’s top clubs are considering efforts to sign some of the club’s brighter players. Both Man Utd and Tottenham are reported to have been contemplating the idea of signing players such as Josh King, Callum Wilson and David Brooks.
United were of course in contact with Bournemouth and the representatives of Norwegian marksman Josh King in regards to a January move for the former United man. However, while King was eager to make the switch back to his boyhood club, United were unwilling to meet Bournemouth’s exorbitant asking price after their £45 million offer was rebuffed and instead opted for former Watford ace Odion Ighalo as a winter reinforcement. While King has saw a downturn in form this season with just four league goals to his name, Ighalo has enjoyed instant cult-hero status at United.
However, despite Ighalo’s favourability with the fans and on-field impact, his parent club Shanghai Shenhua’s reluctance to sell may see the Nigerian frontman’s United tenure cut short, opening the door for King to make his desired return
Bournemouth have not been shy to splash the cash, with Jefferson Lerma and Jordon Ibe just two examples of big money acquisitions, however, the club’s hierarchy are now seeking to recoup some of the lost funds and have earmarked King, Wilson and Brooks as their best chance at making some serious money.
England striker, Callum Wilson, may also be an option for United, with The Daily Mail reporting that the Manchester club are weighing up a potential move for the former Coventry man. The same report also states that United have been contemplating a move for Bournemouth starlet David Brooks, who has been the subject of interest from many top clubs after his 2018 breakout season.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made no secret of his desire to bolster the club’s attacking options, with Mason Greenwood and Tahith Chong recently putting pen to paper on new deals and the summer acquisitions of highly rated youngsters Hannibal Mejbri and Dillon Hoogewerf highlighting United’s commitment to providing young and energetic competition for first team places.