West Brom boss Sam Allardyce revealed to reporters following the Baggies’ FA Cup exit that he would be interested in a move for Bournemouth forward Josh King if the price is right this month, as per Sky Sports.
It’s thought that King would cost around £15m this window with the likes of West Ham United and Newcastle United also keen on his signature.
And now the Cherries frontman has just delivered a masterclass display on the same afternoon that Albion were embarrassingly dumped out of the competition by lower league Blackpool.
The Championship outfit negotiated around their own potential banana skin by thrashing League Two outfit Oldham Athletic 4-1 on the road, and King played an integral part.
Indeed, the Norway international scored twice and provided an assist.
He was super clinical having managed just three shots at goal and his impressive work-rate was shown by the fact that he had 57 touches of the ball which was more than his two support acts on the wing, David Brooks (46) and Rodrigo Riquelme (50), via SofaScore.
King has been very much a bit-part player on the south coast after speculation over his future at the club throughout the summer and the Cherries may have to sell him this month as they risk losing him for nothing in the summer following the expiry of his current £45k-per-week contract.
The Baggies are currently lacking options upfront following the loan exit of Charlie Austin to former club Queens Park Rangers, so a move for King makes a ton of sense.
Big Sam certainly needs to find another alternative in attack as creative outlet Matheus Pereira has come under fire in the press this week – The Athletic claimed that “according to multiple sources, Pereira’s flat displays on the field have been mirrored by a flat demeanour off it.”
The Brazilian sensation has contributed to just one goal since September, the third match of the season when Albion drew 3-3 with Chelsea. Poor returns after scoring eight times and providing 20 assists on their way to promotion last term, as per Transfermarkt.
King would be a dream for him if that clinical masterclass on Saturday was anything to go by. He’d also arrive with bags of experience in the Premier League after scoring at least six goals in the top-flight in each of the last five seasons.
Once lauded the “complete package” by former Cherries boss Eddie Howe to Match of the Day (via Football Faithful), King also bagged a whopping 16 times in the 2016/17 season, where he also averaged 2.1 dribbles and 1.9 shots per game, via WhoScored.
That sort of work-rate and productivity is exactly what the Midlands outfit needs, especially if they are to get Pereira back firing.
AND in other news, Sam Allardyce must act after pathetic £38k-p/w man’s West Brom disasterclass…