​Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has claimed Josh King is fully focused on Bournemouth and helping keep the club in the Premier League after a supposed move to Manchester United failed to materialise.

United were in the market for a striker before the deadline but ​ended their interest in King almost as swiftly as it ​came to lightwith the Cherries demanding a fee that the Red Devils were unable to pay.

The Red Devils eventually signed Chinese Super League striker and former Watford star Odion Ighalo on loan until the end of the season.

Joshua King

King came through at ​United's academy and was rumoured to be keen on a move back to Old Trafford. However, Eddie Howe is confident the Norway international is fully focused as Bournemouth look to avoid relegation from the ​Premier League.

He said, via ​BBC Sport"That was a difficult couple of days for him, but he's very focused on our current position. It was a huge compliment and a huge moment for him, to have Manchester United come in and express an interest."

​King has struggled alongside fellow Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson this season, with the pair managing just nine goals between them in the Premier League so far.

Howe added: "He knows we're in a relegation fight - it's no time for him to focus on himself. He knows that and he's very much a team player. He's looking forward to being fit and contributing to our battle.

"There can be no thought of individual situations when you're in the position that we're in, we need everyone pulling in the same direction for the benefit of the team. And if we can do that, then we can reassess in the summer."

Eddie Howe,Jordon Ibe

Bournemouth head to Bramall Lane to take on Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon as they search for three points before their winter break. With West Ham taking on Manchester City, Eddie Howe's side know they have a chance of opening the gap between themselves and the relegation zone.