Man United are set to test Bournemouth’s resolve with a £25million deadline-day bid for Josh King, Football Insider understands.

The Reds are in the hunt for a new striker as the transfer deadline looms, with Marcus Rashford set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a stress fracture to his back.

And a United source has told Football Insider that they are keen to make a last-gasp offer for Norway International King.

Sky Sports reported earlier in the day that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had already seen one bid rejected for the forward.

But the club are set to go again with an improved offer for the 28-year-old.

King came through the academy system at Old Trafford, and actually featured under Solskjaer during his spell with United’s youth setup.

He managed just two senior appearances for the Reds, however, before leaving to join Blackburn Rovers in 2013.

The hitman then signed for Eddie Howe’s Cherries two years later, and has amassed 160 appearances on the south coast, hitting 47 goals and 15 assists in the process. 

This term he has managed three goals in 16 top flight outings, as well as two assists in just over 1,300 minutes of action for the struggling Premier League outfit.

As well as enjoying decent success at domestic level, King has also been a key player for the Norwegian national side for quite some time. The Oslo-born striker has 47 caps for his country, notching an impressive 17 goals over the course of those appearances.

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