West Ham would be getting a “very, very good player” if they were to sign Joshua King in January, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Leeds United and England full-back said the Norweigan international may have to accept being a squad player initially.

Football Insider revealed on Saturday that the Hammers have laid the groundwork to sign King from Bournemouth in January.

By then the 28-year-old will be entering the final months of his Cherries contract and may demand a fee of less than £10million.

While on international duty earlier this month King revealed that he and the club had an “agreement” that he would be allowed to leave.

He told Norweigan television channel TV2 (as reported by the Bournemouth Echo): “I think the club would rather me be there, but as I said, I felt like I had done my part and been loyal to the club for many years.

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“We had an agreement between us after what happened in January.”

Asked by Football Insider whether he thinks West Ham should sign King, Mills said: “I think he’s a good player.

“If you can get him for the right fee and he’s prepared to maybe accept being a squad player to start with then yes you’re going to have a very, very good player on your hands which will be beneficial to everybody.”

King featured in all three of Norway’s games earlier this month despite only playing once this season for the Cherries.

In 161 Premier League games for the south coast club the Olso-born ace scored 48 goals and provided 11 assists.

In other news, a top pundit has been left baffled after West Ham completed the “strange” signing of a “6/10 player”.