Former England striker Kevin Phillips has claimed that Bournemouth striker Josh King could reject a move to a top-six side in the Premier League for Leeds United.
Marcelo Bielsa’s Whites sit top of the Championship as things stand and are on course for promotion to the Premier League.
With promotion very much on the Argentine coach’s agenda first and foremost, the former Athletic Bilbao man will seemingly be thinking about next season as he attempts to take on the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, to name a few.
One area in particular which Bielsa could look to strengthen is in attack, with Jean-Kevin Augustin struggling to find form and Patrick Bamford having been relied on in all but two league games this term.
One player who could emerge as a potential Leeds target is King, who has had a moderately good season with struggling Bournemouth.
Sky Sports have recently revealed that four of the current top six sides in the Premier League are keen on making a summer bid for the forward, whilst Phillips has opened up a potential link to Leeds with his latest comments via Football Insider.
“Very exciting player but I am unsure whether he would be happy playing second-fiddle to Harry Kane,” he said.
“He may not play very often. King needs to go somewhere where he will play often – Leeds springs to mind.
“If he goes there he will be their number one striker and play every week.
“There is the lure of a club like Tottenham but ultimately, you do not want to be there knowing that if Kane stays fit you are very rarely going to start. That can affect your confidence.
“I would prefer to see him go somewhere where he plays regularly.”
King, who has scored four goals and provided two assists in 20 games this season, missed out on a move to Manchester United in January after the Red Devils tabled offers of up to £25m for the striker before bringing in Odion Ighalo on loan from Shanghai Shenhua.
Of course, King’s experience in the Premier League and the fact that clubs near the top of the division want him would make him a good option for Leeds, although his goalscoring record is questionable and Bielsa needs more goals in his squad.
Bamford has done a good job this term but the Argentine will likely be keen to find a 20-goal-a-season striker, and King does not seem to fit that bill.
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