Josh King to Burnley: Clarets transfer stance, what Sean Dyche said and Blackburn observation

Burnley have enquired about Bournemouth forward Josh King as the Clarets seek to solve their attacking issues.

Sean Dyche’s side have struggled for goals this term, managing just nine in the top flight all season.

The Turf chief is keen to strengthen his squad and new owners ALK and chairman Alan Pace have promised to support him in the transfer market.

Burnley have an active interest in Everton right back Jonjoe Kenny while Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall is another long-term target.

The Clarets have also been heavily linked with Derby County midfielder Jason Knight while a move for Bournemouth man King would make sense.

The frontman is capable of playing as a central striker or out wide and would bring proven Premier League experience to the Burnley ranks while he could be available for a reasonable price with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

The 29-year-old won’t sign a new deal at the Vitality Stadium and a host of other top flight sides have been linked with the former Manchester United youngster, including Everton, Newcastle United and West Ham United.

Sean Dyche was coy on the possibility of making a move for King, saying: “There is nothing I can share on anything to do with any players coming in, I never have shared anything. I don’t know why you think I am going to share it now but I won’t be sharing anything at all.”

But Lancs Live understands there is interest in the Cherries frontman although no bid has yet been made.

King’s reported wage demands would provide one big hurdle for Burnley with the Norway international reportedly seeking £120,000 a week.

That would break Burnley’s wage structure while the player could elect to take his chances as a free agent in the summer.

King has spent nearly six years on the south coast having joined from Blackburn Rovers in 2015 and the Ewood Park outfit are understood to have a sell-on clause on the forward.

Bournemouth are prepared to do business this month rather than risk losing King for free in the summer but the player is open to running his contract down in the hope of receiving further offers from Premier League clubs.

He is keen to return to the top flight but it remains to be seen if he would entertain a move to Turf Moor or what sort of fee would be needed to prompt the Cherries into selling.

West Ham had a £13million bid turned down in the summer but the asking price this month has dropped significantly given the player’s contract position.

The Clarets are hoping to add to their squad this month and bolstering a forward line that has contributed just nine Premier League goals would seem a logical move.

Blackburn observation

As previously mentioned, King was at Blackburn Rovers for three years before his switch to Bournemouth in 2015 and if a deal was to proceed, the Clarets could be paying their local rivals a financial favour.

It’s understood that Blackburn hold a sell-on clause in King’s contract at the Vitality and any sale will see the Championship side receive a portion of the profit Bournemouth make on the Norwegian striker.

King left Ewood Park seeking first-team opportunities and his stint on the Dorset coast has been a sensational success, scoring 52 goals in 182 appearances for the Cherries – including two seasons where he hit double figures (2016-17, 2018-19).

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