REPORT: Joshua King Hopeful of Manchester United Move Despite Aston Villa Interest

Aston Villa Joshua King

Bournemouth forward Joshua King is attracting interest from Aston Villa as they look to increase their attacking options, however, the Norwegian still hopes for a return to former club Manchester United.

Aston Villa Monitoring Forward Joshua King

King Still Hopeful Of Manchester United Move

According to The Athletic, Villa are interested in signing King, however, the 28-year-old may not see Dean Smith’s side as his number one choice.

King has recently changed his agent in a bid to get an immediate move back to the top-flight; with Manchester United as his dream move. The Norwegian forward was close to re-signing for the Manchester giants in January before the deal fell apart.

However, with Odion Ighalo performing well as a back-up striker for United, a move to Villa Park looks more likely.

The Telegraph’s John Percy reported earlier this week that the midlands club are set to bid £16 million for the forward.

King Could Add Cutting Edge To Blunt Villa Attack

Villa hope that the forward, who suffered relegation with the Cherries last term,  can provide competition for new signing Ollie Watkins.

Watkins arrived earlier this week for a fee of £28 million from Brentford. Despite the hefty price tag, Villa don’t look like they’re slowing down in their hunt for signings.

Should they sign King, it would put their spending for the summer at almost £60 million. Matty Cash was their other summer transfer, joining from Nottingham Forest for £14 million.

In his 161 Premier League appearances, King has scored 48 goals and provided a further 14 assists for Bournemouth.

The 28-year-old would add much needed firepower to a Villa attack that had a terrible return last season.

Wesley, Keinan Davis, and Mbwana Samatta scored just six goals between them last campaign. This lack of goals saw Villa only secure their Premier League status on the final day of the season.

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