By Noel Whelan

19th Oct, 2020 | 7:30pm

Pundit Exclusive: West Ham will face transfer fight after big January reveal

Noel Whelan is convinced West Ham will not be the only Premier League club who want to sign Bournemouth striker Joshua King in January.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds United and Coventry City striker said the Cherries will be shocked the 28-year-old stayed at the club beyond last Friday’s domestic deadline.

This site revealed that the Hammers have laid the groundwork to sign the Norway international in January after missing out on him last week.

King is in the final year of his Bournemouth contract and while on international duty revealed he has an “agreement” with the club that he can leave.

Asked by Football Insider whether a move in January would be good business for West Ham, Whelan said: “I can see why they want him and I can see why other Premier League clubs want him.

“He’s a goalscorer, his movement, his pace, his intelligence, he brings to the table all of that.

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“I’m sure Bournemouth were expecting him to be gone. That’s why they’ve not been playing him, I can only presume. It’s a bit of a shock but a very big bonus for Bournemouth.

“On one hand they probably wanted the money in as well. I know they’ve got quite a bit in already with the sale of Callum Wilson and other players.

“But the reason they’ve not been playing him is they felt assured he would be gone in this window but it’s not happened.

“It’s a bonus to them but they’ve got to manage him and make sure he doesn’t get injured before January.

“It’s a massive plus for Bournemouth but West Ham still very much need another striker like that so they’ll be watching and waiting in the wings, no doubt and hoping they get the first bite of the cherry to take him there.”

In other West Ham news, Chelsea have been told to sell a big fans favourite amid reported bust-up to fund a move for a Hammers ace.