Aston Villa

Josh King would bring speed, intelligence and power if he were to sign for Aston Villa – he’d also lighten the load for Ollie Watkins. 

That is according to ex-Premier League forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley about the Bournemouth forward.

Whelan gave his recommendation following a report in The Athletic linking the 51-time Norway international with a January move to Villa Park.

A separate report by The Athletic stated that the Cherries rejected a £13million West Ham summer bid as well as £25m offer from Man United in January.

An astronomical price tag, but one which Whelan feels every penny.

He explained how securing the services of a player who can play both up front and out wide fitted manager Dean Smith’s system to a tee.

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He told Football Insider: “These kinds of players with pace and intelligence, that’s what Dean Smith is looking for. Ollie Watkins is the same: strong, can hold the ball up, can run with the ball, dynamic in the box.

“You’re gonna have a like-for-like player in Josh King that can help out with that particular role.

“He can play either side of the centre-forward as well and share the load.

“He’s an exciting player, one that I feel can definitely do it in the Premier League. Look at Benrahama, he was fantastic for West Ham against Leeds United, he looks like he’s bedding in nicely to the Premier League. King can do the same.”

King’s contract expires in the summer, meaning Bournemouth will be eager to cash-in in the January window while they still can.

He has just made six appearances this season – three as a starter, three as a sub – with David Brooks, Junior Stanislas and Dominic Solanke generally preferred by manager Jason Tindall.

In other news, another Championship club are set to sign a 22-year-old former Aston Villa winger.