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Man United fail in bid to sign 28-year-old PL man who emerged through reserves

Joshua King has been impressive for Bournemouth
Joshua King has termed a return to Old Trafford as a dream come true

Manchester United fail to re-sign striker Joshua King

Manchester United have unsuccessfully made a bid to re-sign former youth striker Joshua King from Bournemouth. (h/t Daily Mail)

Initially starting out as a midfielder, King has established himself as a striker for Bournemouth and the Norway national team.

The 28-year old was a part of United’s reserves that played under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. The striker was unable to make the step up to the first team and made just two appearances in his five seasons with the club.

Since signing for Bournemouth in 2015, King has gone on to establish himself a reliable striker under Eddie Howe. He has scored 47 goals in 160 appearances for the Cherries.

Joshua King
Joshua King (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Bournemouth are currently 18th in the standings and face the dreaded prospect of relegation.

United failed to replace Inter Milan bound Romelu Lukaku in the summer and are facing a potential crisis after the injury sustained by Marcus Rashford.

Meanwhile, King has had an injury-plagued campaign and has been limited to making just 16 appearances in the league. He has scored three goals and 2 assists including the winner against United in the clash at the Vitality Stadium in November. (h/t Whoscored)

Currently out injured, his return would be a much-needed addition to a Bournemouth attack that has scored just 23 times in the league this season.

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With the transfer window set to close, it looks unlikely that United will secure a striker in time.

Solksjaer’s side are currently in the fifth spot and have strengthened their midfield with the signing of Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.

Written by Pranav Nair

An Engineering postgraduate with a keen interest in statistics, pop culture and football.

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