Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Keen To Sign Former Man Utd Youngster In January

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has picked up the reigns at Manchester United, as the club decided to sack Jose Mourinho midway through the season.

In his first game against Cardiff City, the players seemed to enjoy the new leadership, and managed to score 5 goals for the first time in the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

The January transfer window is almost upon us, and everyone knows that the Red Devils require some reinforcements if they are to make it into the Top 4 at the end of this season.

According to a report in The Sun, Solskjaer is eyeing a move for Bournemouth’s Joshua King to further strengthen his forward line. The Cherries are set to ask at least £25 million for the forward, with Tottenham interested as well.

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The United gaffer is a huge fan of the player, and is looking to improve his attacking options to rally up the Premier League table in the coming weeks.

King, 26, joined the Red Devils youth squad in 2008. The Norwegian worked with Solskjaer in the reserve team before being promoted to the first team the following year. Playing time was difficult to come by, as Sir Alex had the likes of Rooney, Berbatov, and Van Persie at his disposal.

The Oslo-born forward did make 2 appearances for Manchester United, but chose a move to Blackburn Rovers in 2013. He managed to score only 8 goals in 74 appearances for the Riversiders across three seasons, eventually turning down a new contract offer and moving to Bournemouth in 2015.

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King has found his rhythm since moving to the South Coast, scoring 37 goals in 118 appearances. United are in need of an out-and-out striker at the moment, as Romelu Lukaku has endured poor form in front of goal, which has further led to a lack of confidence in himself.

In King, Solskjaer would also get an exciting squad rotation option for the second half of the season, as the games come and go quickly.

But Eddie Howe doesn’t want to lose his best player in the middle of the season, as the Cherries eye their best ever finish in the Premier League. It will be interesting to see if King decides to return to Old Trafford once the transfer window opens in January.

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