AFC Bournemouth and Norway international Joshua King has described the last two months as “the two worst months of my life“.
The 28-year-old has also admitted that if it was down to him he would have already made his Dean Court departure, unfortunately for him however there have only been two official bids for the striker since the Cherries were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
Those offers have come from Torino in Italy and West Ham United.
— Alex Crook ⚽️🎙 (@alex_crook) October 5, 2020
But as the international transfer window has now closed, King can only look for a domestic move.
West Ham United remain interested according to talkSport reporter Alex Crook, however, BBC Radio Solent’s Kris Temple believes that their interest in Brentford’s Benrahma could mean a second bid before Friday evening would not be forthcoming.
— Kris Temple (@kristemple) October 12, 2020
"I don't think the signing of Benrahma closes the door."
"My understanding is Moyes would prefer to sign King over Benrahma."
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 15, 2020
Previous interest from Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur has also gone quiet. Whilst Footballinsider have ruled out any potential move to West Bromwich Albion, but believe that Everton could yet make a late bid ahead of the 5 pm deadline.
They have reported…
“The Championship club wanted £20million for the versatile forward, 28, earlier in the window but will now take £15m to get a deal done by the Friday 5pm cut-off.
“King has held talks over moves to West Ham and Aston Villa, while there has also been interest from the likes of Fulham and West Brom.
“A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Everton are plotting a surprise last-gasp swoop for King if the terms of the deal are right for them.
King joined AFC Bournemouth in May 2015 for a reported fee of just £1million from Blackburn Rovers. He is arguably, the Cherries best signing of the Premier League era.
King has made 171 appearances for AFC Bournemouth in all competitions, scoring 50 goals, 48 of which came in the Premier League making him the Cherries highest goalscorer in the top division of English football.
King missed AFC Bournemouth’s most recent game against Coventry City with an unfortunately timed migraine and has recently been on international duty with Norway.
Will King stay with Bournemouth?
Whilst King was back in Norway he spoke to broadcaster TV2 about how hard he has found recent months and where his future sits.
“Honestly, I don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s a lot that’s happened. I could have written a book about what’s happened the last two months and it had definitely become a bestseller. If I’m to be honest, it’s been the two worst months of my life. But I can’t give a reason,”
“If it had been up to me, I would have already signed for a club and started the season, played four games and been in top form.
“I think the club would rather me be here but, as I said, I felt like I had done mine and been loyal to the club for many years. We had an agreement between us after what happened in January.”
Waz afcb wrote…
Are people starting to realise what I meant now when I said that last seasons group were the most dislikable group of players to wear the shirt? I don’t care if the guy has the talent of Messi, (he doesn’t) I don’t want characters like this anywhere near our club. To come out and say ‘the worst two months of my life’ while picking up 40k per week during a global pandemic in which people are losing jobs and loved ones left, right and centre, who do these people think they are? I’m sorry Josh that you’ve had to spend the last two months contracted to Bournemouth you poor little darling, it must have been so incredibly mentally traumatising (migraine-inducing) for a player of your unbelievable talent to have been associated with a minnow such as us for this time period. I can only hope that our evil club does the honourable thing and agrees to give you away for free, you know, to compensate for the ridiculous wages you appear to be after. I feel sick to my stomach that our evil club has put poor innocent Josh through such a traumatic experience, keep fighting you brave little man there is hope yet. – Join the conversation, click here.