Aston Villa have been tipped to make a late move for Bournemouth striker Josh King by one of their former players, Alan Hutton.
With transfers between Premier League clubs and the EFL still able to be done until October 16, that has opened the door to Villa potentially raiding the Championship for some of its star performers, including King.
And speaking to Football Insider, former Villa man Hutton said: “He’d be a great addition. If he doesn’t come in, look, I think they’ve had one of the best transfer windows for a long time so it’s not a bad thing if they didn’t but if you’re looking at the squad, they’ve got Ollie Watkins, Keinan Davis – they’re maybe looking to bring someone else in just in case.
“It would be a good fit, I think he can play in several positions which is another tick in the box but I’m sure he’s got a few admirers. I don’t think they would want to go overboard in the price for him, I don’t think they have to. If they could get a deal, I’m sure they’d definitely look at it because he’d be a great addition to the squad.”
Despite bringing in Ollie Watkins – who has enjoyed an incredible start to life at Villa Park with five goals in six games – Villa could do with adding a new centre-forward to their ranks.
At the moment, Keinan Davis remains their only fit option to provide back-up to their new summer signing, with last summer’s big money arrival Wesley, still some time away from recovering from his ACL injury he sustained in the previous campaign.
But even factoring in Wesley’s eventual return, Villa could really do with a player of the calibre of King. Hailed as “unique” by former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, the Norway international has had plenty of experience in the Premier League playing for the Cherries, and his goal-scoring record is impressive, with 48 goals in 161 top-flight games.
Whilst Wesley has only had the one season in English football, and of course was blighted by his injury, there is still a question of whether he can cut it at the highest level just yet, managing just six goals in 22 games across all competitions last year.
Despite averaging less shots than Wesley, King managed more goals in the Premier League last season, whilst he also registered 1.2 key passes and two dribbles per game. The Norwegian just has more of an all-round game than Villa’s Brazilian, and would surely fit in well with the kind of dynamic attackers the club now has.
In other news, Aston Villa must be ruthless with this veteran ace.