Exclusive: Bournemouth 28-yr-old tipped to sign for Leeds after £25m rival bid
Kevin Phillips has tipped Josh King to turn down a top-six club move to join Leeds United where the striker would be guaranteed game time.
The former Sunderland and West Brom striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed the 28-year-old should only move to a side where he will be the first choice striker.
Sky Sports revealed that four of the Premier League’s so-called “top-six” are interested in signing the Norway international this summer.
King is about to enter the final year of his contract at Bournemouth and the club may sell their striker this summer rather than run the risk of losing him on a free in July 2021.
Phillips feared there would not be many opportunities for the Norway international when Kane was fit and available.
“Very exciting player but I am unsure whether he would be happy playing second-fiddle to Harry Kane,” he told Football Insider.
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“He may not play very often. King needs to go somewhere where he will play often – Leeds springs to mind.
“If he goes there he will be their number one striker and play every week.
“There is the lure of a club like Tottenham but ultimately, you do not want to be there knowing that if Kane stays fit you are very rarely going to start. That can affect your confidence.
“I would prefer to see him go somewhere where he plays regularly.”
Football Insider revealed that Stoke City’s Tyrese Campbell is being lined up by the Cherries to replace the former Blackburn forward.
Man United tabled offers of up to £25m for King but in January they were knocked back and they eventually signed Odion Ighalo on loan from Shanghai Shenhua instead.
King has scored four goals and provided two assists in 20 appearances this season prior to the suspension of all fixtures.
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