'Another Masterstroke' - Exclusive: Hutton Wowed by late Aston Villa bid
Signing Josh King from Bournemouth would be “another masterstroke” from Aston Villa, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Villa and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the addition of the Norway international would be the perfect end to “one of the best transfer windows ever” for his old club.
As revealed by Football Insider, Villa are set to launch a concrete bid for the 29-year-old ahead of Friday’s domestic transfer deadline.
King has scored a total of 48 Premier League goals to date, while he also has 50 caps for Norway under his belt.
Hutton insists that the Bournemouth ace would be a welcome addition to bolster Dean Smith’s centre-forward options.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I think Villa have had probably had one of the best transfer windows ever, in my opinion, they’ve done brilliant.
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“To add someone like Josh King this late one would be another masterstroke in my opinion, it would really show what they want to do moving forward.
“There’s a lot of interest in him, I think the fee’s going to be quite big but I think the Aston Villa owners have shown they’re willing to put their hand in their pocket to achieve what they want. That’s to be a settled team in the Premier League.
“He’s a player if he comes in, he’s not only a striker – you’ve got Ollie Watkins, still got Wesley to come back, brought in Traore – there’s competition and everything’s looking good – but in the back of your mind, if Watkins picks up a wee injury, Wesley’s not back, who do you play?
“You’ve got Keinan Davis but who else can take on that mantle? There’s a guy who’s been there and done it in King. We know he can score goals in the Premier League and I think he’d be a great acquisition for Villa. I would like to see them go out and do it.”