AFC Bournemouth wanting a permanent exit for Josh King this January is proving to be a stumbling block for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Raul Jimenez has been the leading striker at Molineux since the club’s promotion back to the Premier League, but he suffered a horrific fractured skull earlier in the season and is sidelined.
That’s caused Nuno Santo problems in attack, with January speculation all surrounding Wolves signing a striker to cover Jimenez in the short-term.
A report from The Athletic confirms that the interest in King is there, but there is a stumbling block in the fact that Bournemouth are only interested in doing a permanent deal for the 28-year-old.
From Wolves’ perspective, they don’t want to lay out big money on a striker to come in knowing he will only be a short-term fix given Jimenez’s eventual return to the fold.
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In terms of King, he’s made eight appearances in the Championship this season but hasn’t been involved in a single goal.
However, King’s stint in the Premier League with the Cherries was very prolific and he scored 48 goals across a five-year stint in the top-flight. His best return was 16 goals, which came back in 2016/17.
It’s a tough situation that Wolves find themselves in this winter and it is easy to see why they don’t want to go big on getting Jimenez’s replacement in when they know the Mexican will remain first choice.
However, from a Bournemouth perspective, it’s good to see them digging their heels in.
King is out of contract in the summer and they won’t be pushed around by former Premier League rivals.
They want a true valuation for their striker, which Wolves look unwilling to pay at this moment in time.
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