Solskjaer Keen On King
Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is being linked with a move for Bournemouth striker Josh King.
Reports today claim the 26-year-old former United player could be a January transfer target with Solskjaer revealing he will have some input into any new signings made in the winter market.
Solskjaer has worked with King before. The Norway international began his career at Old Trafford and played under the new boss when Solskjaer was coaching United’s reserves.
King has scored five Premier League goals in 12 appearances so far this term. It’s hardly the rate to get United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to go scurrying for his cheque book. The report appears to be largely a case of newspapers linking a new manager with one of his former players. Plus United are more likely to be in the market for a central defender rather than another striker.
Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror claims that Solskjaer will be restricted to loan signings in the January window. The paper suggests that Ed Woodward wants to keep his transfer kitty ready for when the club appoint a new permanent manager in the summer.
Solskjaer – who will return to Molde at the end of the season – will be limited to who he can sign and how long for.
Manchester United spent £410million under Jose Mourinho. Add in the £340million spent in total by David Moyes and Louis van Gaal that means United have spent £750million in incoming transfers since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.
Barcelona Linked With Rashford
The Sunday Express claims that Barcelona are interested in Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford. The England international was on target on Saturday as United defeated Cardiff City 5-1 to open the Solskjaer mini-era. It was only his fourth Premier League of the season at an average of one for every 232 minutes on the pitch.
Real Madrid have also been linked, but the chances of Manchester United allowing Rashford to leave are slim to non-existent. The club will only allow players to go if they don’t feature in their manager’s plans and that certainly isn’t the case at the moment.