Bournemouth striker Joshua King has told the Bournemouth Echo that he hopes to remain at the club next season, despite interest from Premier League big-boys over the latter weeks of last season.
Having enjoyed his best goal-scoring season of his career to date bagging 16 goals in the Premier League, with 13 of those coming in this calendar year, the Norwegian international has attracted interest from both Tottenham and Everton.
However, speaking to the local paper, the former Blackburn Rovers man has said that whilst he had noticed the links, he hopes to stay on the south coast next season having settled in the role up top.
“I was focusing on the season and finishing it strongly,” said King.
“But I would be a liar if I said I hadn’t noticed it. It was in most papers in England and you have got people tagging you and sending you links here and there.
“I was intrigued even being mentioned in the same sentence as Spurs, a big team who play in the Champions League.
“It is the summer holiday now and I’ve learned so much from the gaffer here.
“You never know in football but, hopefully, I will be here next year and I’m looking forward to working with the gaffer because he’s been brilliant with me since the day I set foot on the training ground.”
Money talks these days and, time and again we’ve seen players heads turned by big offers from bigger clubs and, whilst some moves will progress their career, it is refreshing to see King opt against the move.
A deal talking him to Spurs would almost certainly result in the 25-year-old playing a bit part role behind the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.
Having just enjoyed a stellar season, King is in no place to be going into a side where he will not be playing week-in, week-out and risking going backwards.