Carlton Palmer, while speaking exclusively with Football FanCast, says that he thinks AFC Bournemouth’s Joshua King may not be the man West Ham United need to replace Sebastien Haller, unless they are only looking for a rotational option.
Haller is set to complete a deal to join Ajax, meaning that there is now a vacancy for a forward in the West Ham squad, but if the Hammers are looking for a starting centre-forward, then Palmer does not think King is the correct replacement for the outgoing Ivorian.
King has entered into the final six months of his £45,000-per-week contract at the Vitality Stadium and will leave the Cherries as a free agent in the summer if not signed this month, despite widespread interest from Premier League clubs.
The Norway international has previously been touted as Moyes’ top-target for the mid-season window, but West Ham could face competition from a host of sides with West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers also discussing moves for him.
King was the subject of a failed £13m bid by West Ham last summer as they sought to capitalise on the forward’s uncertain future, but were waved away as Bournemouth demanded a fee in excess of £17m despite their relegation to the Championship.
Former England international Palmer thinks the Hammers will revisit King’s situation in the January transfer window, but he questioned if he’s the right man to be a regular starter at London Stadium.
“He’s only played seven games this season and I would have thought Bournemouth would have hung on to him to see them get over the mark and get promoted,” Palmer told Football FanCast.
“But he’s not played a lot of football for them this season and they’re doing very well”
“I don’t see him going anywhere as a first-team starter because his goals record is not phenomenal. I think he’s scored 16 in one season, but that’s not a reflection of his general goalscoring record. But what he has got, he’s got energy, he’s got pace, he’ll keep defences honest. So maybe West Ham might have a bat for him because he will fall into their price category. [Bournemouth] turned down £13m for him when they got relegated and he’s going to be available on a free in the summer, so maybe he might be available a little bit cheaper and maybe West Ham might have a look at him.”
“I think he’s got plenty of energy, in the Championship he’s going to be a handful, without a shadow of a doubt, if he’s fit and he’s playing. He’s struggled with injuries, hasn’t scored a goal and hasn’t created a goal this season.”
“He gave [Bournemouth] a lot of energy and a lot of endeavour [but] he would only be a squad player, for me, going to the Premier League.”
King is allegedly desperate to secure a move to the London Stadium this month but Bournemouth are yet to receive any offers for the player, despite the reported widespread interest in the 28-year-old, who has featured eight times this season after suffering with a thigh injury and testing positive for coronavirus.
These issues have restricted King to play just 371 minutes over his appearances and is yet to score or provide an assist, but is averaging 0.8 shots and 0.6 key passes per league game while making 0.5 successful dribbles and winning 1.8 duels, per SofaScore.