Paul Robinson has urged West Brom to “push the boat out” and sign Bournemouth striker Josh King this month.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 42-times England international, who played with King at Blackburn, claimed his former teammate could be the difference for the Baggies in the relegation fight this season.
West Brom boss Sam Allardyce told Sky Sports that he would be interested in a move for the 28-year-old if the price was right.
A number of Premier League clubs have shown an interest in the Norway international who has just six months remaining on his contract at Bournemouth.
However, one of those clubs, West Ham, have pulled out of the race to sign the versatile forward in January, despite the £20million sale of Sebastien Haller to Ajax last week.
When asked by Football Insider if King would be a welcome addition at The Hawthorns, Robinson said: “Josh is a very good player, I was with him at Blackburn.
“I think Sam knows him from Blackburn as well so I think that is why he wants him. He knows Josh is a good lad, a top player and a goalscorer.
“When you are down there you are not going to get that many opportunities to score goals. You need somebody who is going to be clinical. Josh can do that and he also has the pace to turn defences the other way. He causes problems.
“I think it would be a great signing. Sam has said that he is slightly out of their price bracket, so I think that was a bit of tongue and cheek, a glance towards the board. If they push the boat out, he could be the difference.”
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