West Brom are quicking running out of time if they are to truly bolster Sam Allardyce’s armoury.
There are merely four days remaining in the January transfer window and so far, only Robert Snodgrass has been announced at the Hawthorns.
It is thought that the Midlands outfit are edging closer towards loan deals for Galatasaray frontman Mbaye Diagne and Celta Vigo powerhouse Okay Yoksuslu, as per the Telegraph’s John Percy.
But it’s another name that the Baggies could do with before Monday.
AFC Bournemouth forward Joshua King is still without a new club despite interest in his signature, including from Albion.
The Daily Mail believe he’s one of several players who could be on the move in the next few days with West Ham one of the other teams mentioned, but as they have just beaten West Brom to Jesse Lingard, the door could have just been opened for them to strike.
Allardyce made it no secret that he would be interested in the 27-year-old if he were available, he told Sky Sports:
“No idea what the price may be [for King] – if the price is within our range then I think we would be interested, and if it’s out of our price range then we won’t.”
The Baggies are among the lowest scorers in the division, indeed only two other sides have found the net more than their 15 goals in 20 outings. And that may come as a surprise considering they have the vastly-creative Matheus Pereira spearheading their attack.
Last term, the Brazilian sensation delivered a whopping 20 assists, on top of scoring eight goals, via Transfermarkt.
He’s understandably taken time to adapt to the step up in quality, but he’s still accounted for 46.6% of those 15 goals all by himself whilst no other Albion player is managing as many as his 2.2 key passes per 90 minutes, per WhoScored.
The 24-year-old just has very little in support.
Which is where King would be absolutely ideal.
Baggies chief Luke Dowling could create quite the dream attack by sealing a move for the versatile Cherries attacker.
In five straight Premier League campaigns, the 51-time Norway international has hit at least six goals and provided between two and four assists. His most prolific season being in 2016/17 where he found the net 16 times, via Transfermarkt.
Despite being relegated last season, King ranked 16th overall for dribbles per 90, meaning his constant energy and bursts of pace (36.67 km/h) pose a massive threat to any backline and suggests he could be perfect for getting in behind to latch onto those key balls from Pereira.
“Josh is outstanding physically, technically and mentally – he has the complete package, a little bit of everything,” said ex-Cherries boss Eddie Howe to Match of the Day (via Football Faithful).
Meanwhile, Paul Robinson once claimed that he’d fit right in at a top-four team, dubbing him a “talented player” to Football Insider.
Clinical finishing, the ability to stretch an opposition’s defence and undoubted quality – that’s exactly what Allardyce needs to bring the absolute best out of his attack.
King and Pereira would be a dream duo in the Midlands, Dowling must get it done before it’s too late.
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