PL boss responds amid reported Tottenham interest in 25-year-old goal machine
By Danny Wright
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has said that he will not be looking to sell any of his players in the summer after reports surfaced about Tottenham’s interest in Joshua King.
The Mirror claimed that Spurs are looking to sign the Cherries’ goal machine as they look to make reinforcements to their attack when the transfer window opens.
It is understood that the 25-year-old would cost Tottenham £15million if they wished to pursue a deal.
However Howe has taken a strong stance on any kind of interest in his players and has issued a hands off warning to all those who look to test his resolve in the summer.
“It is good to see our players performing well, but worried or concerned are not words I am going to use,” said Howe, as quoted by the Mirror.
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“I’m proud of the players’ performances, but we are not looking to sell anybody.
“Our vision is very clear for where we want to take the team and what we want to do. We need to keep our best players and I have the backing from everyone at the club to achieve that.”
Goal machine King has scored 15 goals in 34 league appearances for the south coast club this season, with 12 of them coming since the turn of the year.
In his last ten outings, King has found the net on nine occasions and is currently level with PFA team of the year star Eden Hazard in the Premier League’s top goal scorer charts.
The former Manchester United academy prospect signed for Bournemouth in 2015 after he decided not to renew his deal at Blackburn.
He scored just eight goals in 72 appearances for Rovers, but has already hit 22 in 69 appearances across all competitions since moving to the Vitality Stadium.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s likely that Howe is going to have a very stressful time during the summer transfer window as a number of his players could appear on the radar of some of the Premier League’s heavy-hitters. King has been one of a number of stars in the Cherries squad this season, but it is doubtful that he can be considered to have enough quality to make a difference at Tottenham. The Norwegian international struggled for goals at Blackburn and has shown this term that he is very much a player that can have a long barren spell in front of goal. Mauricio Pochettino is probably better off sticking with Vincent Janssen.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Merson has blasted Pochettino after Friday’s loss to West Ham.