West Brom ‘in talks with Bournemouth over £10m deal for Josh King’ as Slaven Bilic attempts to strengthen attack with Norwegian striker
- West Brom boss Slaven Bilic is desperate to sign a striker to strengthen attack
- The ‘domestic only’ transfer window is still open until 5pm on October 16
- Hal Robson-Kanu has undergone surgery on his broken arm and is out for weeks
- Baggies are in talks with Championship side Bournemouth over Josh King
West Brom have identified Bournemouth striker Josh King as a transfer target and have opened talks with the Championship side.
Slaven Bilic is desperate to strengthen his attacking resources, particularly with Hal Robson-Kanu out for a long period having undergone surgery on a broken arm.
The Baggies were keen on Huddersfield’s £16million-rated Karlan Grant but negotiations have broken down and King, 28, has emerged as an option, according to the Sun.
Josh King is a transfer target for West Brom and the striker could leave Bournemouth
The newly-promoted side have until October 16 to complete the deal as that is when the domestic transfer window closes.
King scored six times for Bournemouth in the Premier League last season, managing 12, 8 and 16 in the campaigns preceding it.
He is available for £10m but there could be some disagreement over the structure of payment.
Slaven Bilic’s side are expected to have to pay £10million for the Norwegian forward
West Brom are reportedly unable to stump up the cash in a lump sum as they have been hit hard by the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.
They are able to pay an initial fee of £5m and the rest in instalments and the Cherries are eager to have King off their wage bill.
West Brom have already added Matheus Pereira, Grady Diangana, David Button, Cedric Kipre, Callum Robinson, Branislav Ivanovic and Filip Krovinovic (loan).
They are yet to win so far in the Premier League this season and drew 3-3 with Chelsea for their only point of the campaign.
King scored six times last season in the Premier League and is in his prime aged 28
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