Bournemouth forward Joshua King claims a move to Premier League rivals Manchester United last month would have been “a dream come true”.
The 20-times English champions desperately scrambled around to secure the services of a new centre forward on deadline day of the Winter transfer window as Marcus Rashford continues to be on the sidelines due to a back injury, and the likes of Danny Ings Dries Mertens, Solomon Rondon and Edinson Cavani, all mentioned as United targets before they eventually ended up signing Odion Ighalo form Chinese club.
However, much of the early talk on deadline day was of their move to Joshua King, who was the subject of a failed approach from the Red Devils and saw both Eddie Howe and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer himself both openly talk about the 28-year-old attacker’s possible return to Old Trafford.
It has since been reported that Joshua King felt “used” by the Red Devils over the transfer that has never happened.
Speaking to Norwegian broadcasters TV2 [via the Daily Mail], King said: “How close it was I have no complete answer to. I have to watch what I say.
“I had some faith that it was going to happen. And it was a bit sensitive for me considering that I moved to England as a 16-year-old to achieve my dream and wanted to reach that goal at Manchester United.”
And he admits a return to Old Trafford where it all began for him would be very special.
“When you hear that you are connected to United and a bid comes in, then the feelings you had as a 16-year-old come back to you,” he added.
“But why it did not happen, I do not know. I’m a Bournemouth player and I really enjoy it here. But it had been a dream come true, I will not lie.
“That didn’t happen and I’m going to give everything to Bournemouth as long as I’m in this club.
“The coach [Eddie Howe] was absolutely fantastic with me during those days and was very helpful with me. I have respect for how he behaved with me during the little episode.”