One of the unsung Premier League goalscoring heroes of this season has been Bournemouth’s Joshua King, with the 25-year old bagging 16 goals this season. The Norwegian striker is apparently attracting attention so What Are The Odds looks at the current market options.
Proven goalscorers at top flight level are few and far between and to get one of the big name world strikers is beyond the likes of most Premier League clubs, however the Cherries boast a striker hitting his prime and without any disrespect, it would seem that he could be within the price-range of many of the league’s clubs.
Everton are a club who could be ready to restructure if their top marksman Romelu Lukaku splits this summer and a move for a striker like Joshua King would make good financial sense, although fans may argue whether the Norwegian is good enough to take the Toffees on to the next level. Sky Bet back King’s move to Goodison Park as their joint-number one choice, with odds of 5/1 (6.00) currently on-offer.
Tottenham are that other 5/1 (6.00), with Mauricio Pochettino’s side looking to build on a second-place finish in the Premier League, and an addition like King to play alongside or instead of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min would surely satisfy fans. However, it would be a strange move considering King would likely be a substitute player at Spurs and having had success leading Bournemouth this season he would likely want that number ‘one choice feeling’ to continue.
West Ham are a worthy option at a very decent 7/1 (8.00) price at Sky Bet, with the Hammers actively seeking new striking additions as it would appear that the number one choice striker position is ‘open for applications’. Andy Carroll, their main marksman, is consistently out injured and Slaven Bilic will be desperate to find continuity in their second season at the London Stadium.
West Brom are a team that appear to be upwardly mobile under Tony Pulis and they are unquestionably a side that plays with a solid foundation. So a 12/1 (13.0) price is probably a fair reflection considering there are ‘more attractive’ options potentially on the table for the Norwegian international, but if it’s first team football the striker wants then chances are he’ll get that at the Hawthorns next season. But would Bournemouth want to sell to a club they would consider to be on par with?
This could be all a matter of speculation and Joshua King could easily stay at the south coast side with investment towards improving the side a certainty. With Eddie Howe at the helm and new faces arriving over the next few months it would have to be a sizeable and attractive option to tempt King to move to pastures new. The Cherries are odds-on at 8/11 (1.73) to retain his services.
Probability of Joshua King's next club
|Next Club||Joshua King Transfer Odds||Probability|
|Stay at Bournemouth||8/11||57.89%|