Bournemouth striker Joshua King felt ‘used and messed about’ by Manchester United after they made a £25m deadline-day offer before opting for Odion Ighalo

  • Joshua King thought he would be moving to Manchester United on deadline day
  • United tabled offer of £25million for striker that encouraged King about deal
  • Cherries may have done business for £30m but United changed their tack
  • They signed Odion Ighalo on loan from Chinese Super League side Shanghai 

Bournemouth striker Joshua King was ‘used and messed about’ by Manchester United on transfer deadline day.

In one of the more surprising transfer stories before the window shut, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were linked with the Norwegian.

According to the Athletic, the prevailing feeling was that King felt ‘used and messed around’ as United made encouraging noises with a £25million offer before turning to Odion Ighalo.

Joshua King was frustrated as Manchester United failed to return with a higher bid for him

Joshua King was frustrated as Manchester United failed to return with a higher bid for him

King was ready to travel up to Manchester to rejoin the side he signed for as a 16-year-old but was frustrated when the club did not follow up on their interest.

The 28-year-old is currently sidelined from Bournemouth’s relegation battle with a hamstring injury.

It is understood that £30m would have been accepted by Eddie Howe’s side but United wanted a loan and turned their attention elsewhere.

They brought in former Watford man Ighalo, paying a third of his £300,000-per-week wages for Shanghai Shenua.

The forward remains at Bournemouth and will hope to help them in their relegation battle

The forward remains at Bournemouth and will hope to help them in their relegation battle

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