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Josh King set to leave Bournemouth, but it should not be to Newcastle United

There are pressing positions that need coverage, and losing out on 20m pounds would deal a huge blow to filling those gaps.

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I’ve been talking about it for over a week. Newcastle United has glaring gaps in their lineup. Left-back is woefully understaffed, Isaac Hayden needs a quality replacement if he gets hurt, and Joelinton needs moved to a different position and a new striker signed.

I get it, 30m pounds is not a lot of money in today’s transfer market. It is far below the original 60m pounds that Steve Bruce had originally been planning on having. Covid-19 has done a number of clubs in financially, and Newcastle will feel the strain this summer as they attempt to do transfer business.

One position the club seems desperate to fill is striker. Joelinton has not impressed and has proven that he’s likely better in a different role. I don’t see the club willing to commit to Dwight Gayle just yet as their top striker, and they’re actively looking to find someone they can consistently rely on. Enter Josh King.

Josh King has been a solid striker for Bournemouth over the past five seasons and netted 16 goals in just his second season in the Premier League. He’s got the pace of the game down, and at 28, he still has a decent amount of time left to continue to score. I’m not high on him.

I make this argument a lot, but I still think the club could get better, younger (with more upside) for cheaper than 20m. Part of the issue with signing clubs from relegated sides is they attempt to sell their “best” players for a premium. They do this so they would be able to rebuild their side for a swift return to the Premier League.

Josh King is not worth 20m pounds. He scored only six Premier League goals this season. I wonder why they got relegated. The only reason Newcastle United remains in the Premier League is we managed to make up for our lack of goals with better defense.

Josh King is allowed to leave Bournemouth this season, and I hope he finds a club that can use his talents. But Newcastle is balling on a budget, and I hate seeing the club linked to someone who takes up two-thirds of that budget.

PSG is linked to Josh King anyway. So they can have him.