If you’d been following Wolves news in the last week or so, you will have seen a trend emerging.
Wherever you look, it’s following Nuno Santo’s team.
The theme we’re talking about is the need for a new striker at Wolves. Ever since Raul Jimenez fractured his skull against Arsenal, it has been a topic of hot debate at Molineux.
Patrick Cutrone has now been recalled from his loan spell at Fiorentina but that hasn’t stopped a number of rumours from circulating.
However, one of them could well be Bournemouth forward Josh King. That’s according to the club’s transfer guru Tim Spiers who spoke about a possible deal on the Molineux View podcast this week. He said:
“Another one who has been doing the rounds for quite a few clubs is Josh King at Bournemouth who has had great success in the Premier League before, scored a fair amount of goals and he’s not playing for Bournemouth at the moment because he’s out of contract in the summer as well.
“So it would only be a sale, and from what I’m told, they’d probably be looking for around £10 million for a player who is out of contract in the summer, as is their right, they’re not going to sell him on the cheap, so I think that would be a bit of a sticking point for Wolves at this moment in time.”
Wolves simply cannot afford to let a mere £10m transfer fee be a sticking point in this window.
They may want to acquire someone on loan as cover for Jimenez but King – who is capped 51 times – is a proven Premier League striker and would be a fantastic squad rotation option.
He might not be as pedigreed as a certain Diego Costa, but if you consider their respective salaries and the baggage that would come with the former Chelsea man, King would surely be a safer option.
Yes, the Spain international is more proven at the elite level, but they’d be walking into a financial disaster by signing him.
King might well come with a transfer fee attached but his salary would be less of a sticking point. Furthermore, he’s pretty similar to Costa, Eddie Howe once said that the Cherries striker is “outstanding physically.”
Having scored 48 times in 161 top-flight outings, he isn’t a bad option at all.