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Sam Allardyce eyes cut-price deal for out-of-favour Bournemouth striker Josh King as he looks add firepower to his struggling West Brom squad after injury to forward Karlan Grant

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Daily Mail
 2021-01-05

West Brom have identified Josh King as a January target in Sam Allardyce's attempts to haul them to safety.

Forward King, 28, has barely featured for Bournemouth this season, falling down the pecking order after making it clear he wanted to leave the Vitality Stadium.

Bournemouth have been open to offers but adamant they would not sell any of their assets on the cheap since their relegation last season and turned down bids for King of £7m from Torino and £13m from West Ham in the summer.

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West Brom have identified Bournemouth forward Josh King as a January target in Sam Allardyce's attempts to haul them to safety
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Their firm stance remains unchanged in this window even though it represents the last chance to recoup some money with King now into the final six months of his contract.

Having signed King for just £1m in 2015, a fee decided in a tribunal after his Blackburn deal expired, Bournemouth are happy they have already got value for their money and only need to sell if they receive an offer too good to turn down.

King's value will have dropped from the summer offers with even less time left on his deal and West Brom are ready to offer him an early escape route. They are desperate for a striker after Karlan Grant, signed from Huddersfield in the last transfer window, sustained a broken bone in his foot that is expected to sideline him for at least five weeks.

West Brom are second bottom and have picked up just one point from four games under new boss Allardyce who knows reinforcements are needed this month.

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King has hardly played for Bournemouth since failing to secure a summer move away

He said: 'No disrespect to my players because they're all working as hard as they can but I do have to find better to lift the squad.

'Whatever player comes in, they have to be better than what we have and capable of going into the team almost immediately.'

Allardyce is also keen to improve his midfield and is aware that Hamza Choudhury, the Leicester midfielder, may be available on loan. Choudhury is Brendan Rodgers' third-choice holding midfielder and has started only one Premier League match this season.

Meanwhile, another midfielder, Filip Krovinovic, is a target for Greek club PAOK Salonika. Krovinovic is currently in the middle of a second season-long loan deal from Benfica, but his signing was championed by former boss Slaven Bilic, giving PAOK hope that a new arrangement can be struck with Benfica and Albion.

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