Manchester United have been linked with making a move to re-sign Joshua King as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bids to bolster his strike force.
After letting Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez leave the club in the summer without replacement, Manchester United‘s forward line was further depleted by the long-term back injury suffered by Marcus Rashford earlier this month.
Earlier this week, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted he was keen to have a player who would ‘break their nose to score a goal’, with United having been linked with a number of strikers, including Edinson Cavani, Odion Ighalo, Islam Slimani and Olivier Giroud.
In a surprising Deadline Day rumour, Sky Sports have reported that the Old Trafford outfit have made a move to re-sign former academy player, Josh King, the forward currently plying his trade at relegation strugglers Bournemouth, with Eddie Howe hardly extinguishing such rumours at Friday morning’s pre-match press conference.
“I’m not going to deny anything you have read but I don’t want to talk about it too much. He is much valued and loved by us,” Howe said.
“He is a massive part of our team, he brings that unique pace and strength, coupled with technical ability and an eye for goal.”
“We have missed him since he has been out injured, so speaking as manager I would be very reluctant to let him leave. With a day to go in the window it’s very difficult to find a replacement.
“It’s going to be [a decision] between the chief executive and owner. I love Josh as a player and person. I know what Manchester United means to him with his history with the club, so I understand his position.”
King – who left United in 2013 having made just two appearances – has scored just three goals in 18 league appearances for the Cherries this season, missing the clubs last four games with a hamstring injury.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that he was happy with his current options of Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, and doubted the club would be doing any more business.
“I don’t think we will do any more business,” said the United boss.
“January has always been difficult. It is not something you just do like that. I am happy with the ones I have here.”