Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'Keen' for Man Utd to Sign Josh King

Joshua King
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on Josh King | James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to pursue a deal for Bournemouth striker Josh King this summer, but the club are yet to decide whether to back him.

King was touted to join up with his fellow Norwegian back in January after United had missed out on top target Erling Haaland, with the Red Devils failing with two bids worth up to £25m. Instead, they were forced to bring in Odion Ighalo, who is on loan at Old Trafford until January 2021.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Odion Ighalo
United brought in Ighalo after failing to land King | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

After a hot start to life back in England, concerns quickly grew over how little faith Solskjaer had in Ighalo. The striker was brought on for just one minute in the Europa League final and 11 in the FA Cup semi-final, despite United chasing goals in both fixtures.

Finding a striker capable of competing with Anthony Martial is high on Solskjaer's agenda, and according to The Athletic, King is one of Solskjaer's preferred target and the Bournemouth man is keen to make the move.

Following their relegation, Bournemouth now value King at between £15m and £20m - less than United offered in January - but there is yet to be any indication from the hierarchy at Old Trafford that such a bid will be lodged.

United chiefs are focused on landing Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho - with whom there was recently a breakthrough over personal terms and agent fees - while finding a new centre-back and left-back are also high on the agenda, meaning splashing out on a backup striker when one is already at the club might not be their preferred next move.

Should United sign Sancho, there could be more minutes at striker for young Mason Greenwood, who has been seamlessly shifted out to the right wing in order to find a permanent place in United's starting lineup.

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King has openly admitted his desire to join United | Jan Kruger/Getty Images

That likely explains United's hesitance to pull the trigger on a move for King, who recently confessed that he was frustrated not to seal a return to Old Trafford last season.

King, who managed six goals and four assists in the Premier League last season, has just one year left on his contract and has also attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa - although neither have shown anything concrete just yet.

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