Ex-United striker set for shock return?

English Premier League

Manchester United have made a surprise attempt to bring AFC Bournemouth striker Joshua King back to Old Trafford.

King, 28, has developed into one of the Cherries leading performers since joining the club from Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer in 2015.

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Having worked with United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his time in the club's youth system and reserve team, the Norway international has been identified as a deadline day signing.

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe confirmed the Red Devils bid and admitted that his future is now out of his hands.

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"I am not going to deny anything you have read," Howe told BBC Football about King's future.

"He is much valued and loved by us. He is a massive part of our team, he brings that unique pace and strength, coupled with technical ability and an eye for goal.

"We have missed him since he has been out injured. With a day to go in the window, it's very difficult to find a replacement.

"I love Josh as a player and person. I know what Manchester United means to him with his history with the club, so I understand his position."

King has scored 47 goals in 160 games in all competitions in his role as a second-striker for the South Coast outfit.