According to Football Insider, Aston Villa are making preparations in order to make a late move to sign Bournemouth striker Josh King.
With the deadline for deals between Premier League and EFL clubs not until October 16, there remains the distinct possibility that further high-profile signings will be made.
And Football Insider claim that Villa have got their eyes on luring King away from the Vitality Stadium, saying that they are trying to clear up space in their wage bill to accommodate the Norway international.
The report further adds that Dean Smith’s side are intent on pushing West Ham for the forward’s signature, with Bournemouth having now slashed the asking price to between £10-£12m after failing to sell him during the international window.
After the start that Smith has guided his new-look team to in the Premier League, the Villa boss can surely walk into the boardroom and demand whatever he wants.
Ollie Watkins has looked in superb touch since arriving from Brentford, with five goals in six games, but the side could do with a really top-class back-up option to their big-money summer signing.
Wesley remains out injured for the time being and of course will need sufficient time to recover match fitness, whilst Keinan Davis at 22, is still very much an unproven option at senior level.
Bringing in King, with all his experience in the Premier League with Bournemouth, can be the answer to that. And if Lange can convince the Cherries to part ways with the striker for the £10m that has been mooted, then that would be an absolute steal.