Gabriel Agbonlahor has suggested West Ham are waiting until the end of the transfer window to sign Joshua King to ensure they can get the best price.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aston Villa and England striker warned that the Norway international’s wage demands could prove to be a stumbling block in the Irons’ pursuit of a replacement for Sebastien Haller.
The Sun report West Ham are preparing a £16million bid for the 29-year-old after having a £13million bid rejected earlier this month.
The same outlet claim King, who’s Bournemouth contract expires at the end of the season, is demanding wages of £120,000-a-week.
Asked by Football Insider whether he was surprised West Ham have still not added a striker, Agbonlahor said: “When you look at West Ham they do need a striker.
“Josh King may be cheaper now than he was than on January 1 so maybe they’re waiting until the end of January to get him for cheap.
“I don’t think it makes sense for Bournemouth to keep hold of him.
“They’re looking at it and thinking even if they got £2million for him, it’s better than nothing when he can leave for free in a few months time.
“Especially because he’s not really playing this season and they’re doing OK.
“I’m sure they’ll be hoping to get a deal done.
“But I think there’s a stumbling block from the player himself because of his wage demands.
“He’s not really played for six months really so you can’t demand over £100,000-a-week because I don’t think clubs are going to pay that. So maybe that’s the stumbling block, it’s not Bournemouth.
“Teams like West Ham don’t want to pay those sort of wages to him.”