Exclusive: Pundit wowed by potential West Ham XI after 'Exciting' January reveal
Kevin Phillips is very excited by the prospect of West Ham lining up with a front three of Said Benrahma, Jarod Bowen and Joshua King.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs the 1999/2000 Premier League golden boot winner delivered his verdict after King stayed at Bournemouth beyond the domestic deadline on Friday.
However, Football Insider exclusively revealed that the Hammers have laid the groundwork to sign the Norweigan in January.
By that point, it is likely his asking price will be below £10million as he enters the final months of his contract.
West Ham added Brentford forward Said Benrahma on deadline day on an initial season-long loan with an obligation to buy next summer.
Asked by Football Insider what he made of the prospect of King signing for the east London club, Phillips said: “I think that would be a good signing.
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“With Sebastian Haller they could be challenging each other. I think you’ve got the option of playing both of them up top.
“You’ve got Benrahma one side, Bowen the other, Declan Rice in the middle with Fornals and people like that. All of sudden there’s an exciting front line there.
“Bringing Josh King in, whoever secures his services, I think they’re getting a player that can add quality to your squad.
“If West Ham were to secure that, with Benrahma and Dawson with his experience all of sudden the signings are not looking too bad for the club.
“Having made a decent start as well it will only help the squad.”
King has scored 48 goals and provided 15 assists in 161 Premier League games during his time on the south coast.
Amid speculation surrounding his future, the 28-year-old has made just one substitute appearance for the Cherries in the Championship this season following their relegation.