Alan Hutton has urged Aston Villa to launch a move for Bournemouth striker Josh King before they miss out to their rivals.
The former Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes there will be plenty of interest in the Norway international after the Cherries were relegated last season.
The versatile forward is into the final year of his contract at Dean Court.
Hutton admits the eight-figure fee is a hefty price tag for someone who will be up for a free next summer but insists King could be worth the gamble.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I’m sure he’s into his last year so it’s quite a bit of money to shell out for someone who’s in the last year of his contract.
“The problem is there’ll be other teams watching him and if they don’t do it now, he’ll go somewhere else, it’s as simple as that.
“Obviously the Callum Wilson thing didn’t happen, I think they’ve needed reinforcements up front. He does fit the bill, he scores goals, he knows the league, it’s not an unknown.
“I think it is a gamble but I think it is one worth taking. Normally I wouldn’t say this but I think it’s worth taking at the moment and hopefully he can hit the ground running.”
King has scored 48 goals in 161 Premier League appearances to date.
However, he only managed to hit the back of the net six times last season.
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