West Brom-linked Joshua King has described the last two months as the “worst” of his life amid speculation linking him with a move away from Bournemouth.
King, 28, is in the final year of his contract at the Vitality Stadium and, according to the Express & Star, Albion have been in talks about signing the Norway international.
Since suffering relegation to the Championship with the Cherries last term, King has played just once in six matches across all competitions when he came off the bench for just over 20 minutes against Norwich.
King has been unhappy with his lack of game-time at Bournemouth and also unhappy that an agreement between him and the club in January has not been honoured.
“Honestly, I don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s a lot that’s happened. I could have written a book about what’s happened the last two months and it had definitely become a bestseller. If I’m to be honest, it’s been the two worst months of my life. But I can’t give a reason,” King told Norwegian broadcaster TV2.
The ex-Manchester United forward added: “If it had been up to me, I would have already signed for a club and started the season, played four games and been in top form.
“I think the club would rather me be here but, as I said, I felt like I had done mine and been loyal to the club for many years. We had an agreement between us after what happened in January.”
It must have been tough for King but you have to look at this from Bournemouth’s point of view as well because the coronavirus pandemic has hit football’s economy hard.
Although King will leave the Cherries on a free transfer unless they sell him before the 5pm deadline on Friday, or get him to agree a new contract, they will want as much money as possible for someone who is clearly Premier League quality.
West Brom may have mooted out a potential move for King but they now seem to be pressing on with signing Karlan Grant from Huddersfield to ease their need for a new striker.
It has been widely reported that Grant, 22, is having a medical with the Baggies on Thursday ahead of a permanent move to The Hawthorns.
It would be nice if Slaven Bilic can sign King as well and help him wake up from his Bournemouth nightmare but budget restrictions mean that is impossible.
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