Former Manchester United striker Joshua King has joined newly promoted AFC Bournemouth from Blackburn Rovers.
The 23-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Cherries, who won the Sky Bet Championship this season to ensure they were automatically promoted to the Barclays Premier League.
His future at Blackburn Rovers was uncertain and so it has proved following the announcement of his move.
Bournemouth confirmed the news on Twitter:
— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) May 28, 2015
Speaking to the club website, his new manager Eddie Howe said there is more to come from the ex-United man: “I think there’s scope for development in his game.”
Earlier this season, King scored an impressive hat-trick in the FA Cup against Stoke City as Blackburn secured a shock win over the Premier League side, so has shown his potential this year and is very keen to play in the Premier League.
“The Premier League has always been a dream to play in,” King said about the move.
King signed for United in 2008 as soon as he turned 16 from Norweigan side Vålerenga despite offers from Ipswich Town, Chelsea and Sunderland, and first made a name for himself as United won the Dale Farm Milk Cup tournament where he scored four times.
He moved to Preston North End on loan where he scored in his second match but never managed to step up to first-team level at United. He was an unused substitute against Newcastle United and came on for five minutes against Galatasaray in the UEFA Champions League but that’s as far as it went for him.
Instead he went out on loan to Borussia Monchengladbach and Hull City before a loan deal at Blackburn Rovers was made permanent in the 2013 January transfer window.
It’s great to see another United youth academy product in the Premier League and hopefully King can go on to have a strong season in what is sure to be a very tough year for AFC Bournemouth.