Bournemouth forward Joshua King has revealed his disappointment at a failed January move to former club Manchester United and appears to be holding onto distant hope that a return to Old Trafford might still be possible.
Having seen primary target Erling Haaland choose Borussia Dortmund instead, United enquired about King in January when they started looking for a short-term boost up front.
United are thought to have had two offers - £20m and £25m - rejected by Bournemouth and The Athletic reported soon after that sources believed the Cherries would accept £30m. King was to be frustrated that United, who always favoured a loan, then walked away from negotiations.
A surprise loan deal for former Watford star Odion Ighalo was then struck instead.
Speaking to Norwegian broadcaster TV2 about the failed transfer, King expressed his ongoing disappointment and continued interest in re-joining United if there is another offer.
“I will not lie, because I really wanted to go there in January. But what happened, happened. And I know why things happened. We'll just have to wait and see. There is a lot that is open,” he said.
“I have a dream to play in the Champions League. Whether it will happen this season or in two years, I do not know. But I have a dream about it that all boys have.
“It would be amazing [if United are still interested]. I was at United for five years and learned a lot there, says the 28-year-old.”
The likelihood of United making a second approach for King, who suffered relegation with Bournemouth at the end of 2019/20, seems slim. Ighalo’s loan was extended until January 2021 and as a result of that the club would only be expected to sign a forward for the long-term. At 28 and with diminished potential to improve at this point in his career, King doesn’t fit that profile.
He didn’t make any first-team appearances for United during his first spell at the club between 2008 and 2013, having initially joined the academy ranks from Valerenga in his native Oslo aged 16.