The Northern Echo is reporting today that Newcastle will make Bournemouth striker Joshua King their number one attacking target this summer.
The 25 year-old 27 times Norwegian International (7 goals) joined Manchester United in 2008 from Valerenga in Norway when he was 16 years old and he then moved to Blackburn for two years in 2103 before joining the Cherries two years ago.
In the two seasons he’s been with the south coast club he’s scored 22 goals in 70 total appearances, but he’s had a really good second season this term at the Cherries.
Joshua King – Bournemouth forward
A key area to improve for Rafa will be the forward line and the ability of our upfront players to take the many chances that we seem to be able to create.
We missed out on a lot of points last season in the Championship because we just couldn’t convert the chances to kill off the games when we were well on top.
In fact when Dwight Gayle was injured earlier this year we struggled.
Aleksandar Mitrovic couldn’t seem to score the goals for us and had only 6 goals in 29 total appearances for the club last term in the second division – not a good return for the Serbian International.
Joshua King seems to have really blossomed this season for Bournemouth and he’s scored 15 goals in 35 Premier League appearances this term, which is not bad at all.
King will not be a cheap buy for us and there will be other PL clubs after the Oslo-born player this summer and the fee could be over £20M for the striker.
But he is quick and skillful and seems the type of mobile striker Rafa wants in the side.
We’re not sure what will happen with Aleksandar Mitrovic this summer although the news in the local press has been he will not be sold.
However Mitro has been disappointing in the two seasons on Tyneside with only 15 goals in 65 appearances and he could bring big money in the transfer market if we were to sell him this summer.
What do you think?