By Abigail Withey
Tottenham are ready to table an offer for Bournemouth attacker Joshua King, according to a recent report.
The Telegraph has revealed that the north London club are willing to launch an offer for the 25-year-old as Bournemouth are scrapping the recoup the funds they used to pay for Chelsea’s Nathan Ake and Asmir Begovic, in addition to help pay Jermain Defoe’s wages, after he recently signed a three-year-deal with the club.
The newspaper claim that Bournemouth bosses have priced the Premier League goal machine at £30million, which would make the Norwegian Tottenham’s joint record-signing with Erik Lamela and Moussa Sissoko.
It is said that Mauricio Pochettino is searching for a forward to play across the front line as it looks increasingly likely that Son Heung-Min will miss the opening games of the season after fracturing his arm during international duty.
In addition, Lamela has been out since October and is also doubtful to make a return in time for the 2017/18 campaign after he underwent a hip operation.
Football Insider verdict
Signing Joshua King this summer would be a wise decision for Pochettino as the forward has clearly displayed his goal-scoring capabilities within the Premier League. The Norwegian would be an asset to the squad and displays the versatility that the Spurs boss seems to be after. King has been used in a number of positions including secondary striker, centre forward, in addition to a winger, which could prove useful in Pochettino’s campaigns in both the Premier League and Champions League. However, Tottenham already have the strength of Harry Kane up front, so the boss should turn his attention towards bolstering the squads defence, particularly a right-back in case Kyle Walker makes a departure this summer.
In other Tottenham news, the club are lining up two defensive targets to join the squad.