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Solskjaer still keen on 28-year-old star Man United missed out in January

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants to sign Joshua King

According to The Athletic, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still interested in signing Bournemouth striker Joshua King in the ongoing transfer window.

King spent a number of years at United, having arrived in 2008 from Valerenga in homeland Norway. He was a part of United’s reserves that played under Solskjaer.

However, King was unable to make the step up to the first-team and made just two appearances for United. And after loan spells away at Preston North End, Borussia Monchengladbach and Hull City, he joined Blackburn Rovers in 2013, where he impressed.

Joshua King spent close to five years at Manchester United
Joshua King spent close to five years at Manchester United

Two years later, in 2015, King signed for Bournemouth and has featured 170 times to date, scoring 50 goals and setting up 17 more. (h/t Transfermarkt)

Manchester United tried to sign King during the January transfer window. However, a failure to reach an agreement on the transfer fee with the Cherries saw the club bring in Odion Ighalo instead. (h/t The Guardian)

However, as per the report from the Athletic, Solskjaer still remains keen on bringing back the 28-year-old to Old Trafford this summer.

Even King himself harbours hopes of a return to the club, having recently claimed that it would be amazing if United make an attempt to sign him this summer.

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Solskjaer needs to add another attacker to the squad (Getty Images)

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King returning to Old Trafford does have a sense of romanticism to it. However, the 28-year-old endured a disappointing 2019/20 campaign. And while he would add more options at the manager’s disposal, he is not Champions League material.

United need a striker to challenge Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. And King wouldn’t be the most ideal option for the club.