Paul Robinson has told Football Insider that Sam Allardyce should do all he can to take Josh King to West Bromwich Albion.
Baggies urged to sign King
The Baggies have been linked with a move for the Norway international who is currently playing for Bournemouth in the Championship. According to a recent report from The Sun, the Midlands outfit would be willing to stump up £15m to sign him.
That is in contrast to other reports saying that West Brom do not have the funds to make such a signing – in particular, John Percy said they cannot afford to spend more than £2m on a single player. Robinson, though, believes West Brom should push the boat out for the 28-year-old. He 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.”
If the £15m price tag is true, then there is no doubt that King would be somewhat of a risk for a side struggling at the wrong end of the table. However, he is a player who has a proven track record in the Premier League, having scored 48 times in 161 matches in the top flight (Transfermarkt). Although he has failed to net in nine matches this term in the Championship, he bagged a brace against Oldham in the F.A Cup last weekend. That led to Cherries manager Paul Tindall calling him a “real handful” (Daily Echo).
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Having scored just 11 goals in 17 league games this term (Sky Sports), Allardyce is in desperate need of offensive reinforcements. As Robinson says, King could really be the difference between survival and relegation.
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