Leeds United would “100 per cent” be interested in signing Bournemouth forward Josh King this month.
That is according to former England striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the club’s need to strengthen their forward options.
Leeds have only one senior orthodox forward in Patrick Bamford, with the alternatives Rodrigo Moreno, Tyler Roberts and Jack Harrison best suited to playing deeper or wider.
King, 29, is out of contract at Bournemouth at the end of the season and is the subject of widespread Premier League interest.
But one club he will not be joining is long-time suitors West Ham, with Football Insider revealing on Monday that David Moyes has surprisingly pulled out of the race to sign him after selling Sebastien Haller for £20million.
Asked if Leeds could swoop for King, Phillips told Football Insider:
“100 per cent Leeds would be interested. If he is made available a lot of teams will be looking at him.
“With West Ham getting rid of Haller you would have thought they would’ve been the most interested because they need a replacement. Josh King would be a massive addition for Leeds.
“He is playing regularly now, he is scoring and he is a handful.
“Marcelo Bielsa likes versatile players and King can play across the front line. He is suited best down the middle though with players playing off him.
“If he became available, I am sure Leeds would be one of the clubs interested in him.”
King has made little impact at Bournemouth this season, failing to score in eight Championship games, but he scored twice in the FA Cup third round and is a proven top-flight scorer.
He is out of contract at the second-tier outfit in the summer and will be available for a knockdown fee this month.