Former Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton is convinced Bournemouth striker Josh King is on Dean Smith’s shortlist ahead of the domestic transfer deadline.
Villa broke their transfer record to land Ollie Watkins earlier in the summer and the 24-year-old opened his Premier League account in emphatic fashion with a hat-trick in the 7-2 victory against Liverpool on Sunday.
But King continues to be touted for a move to Villa Park with Smith having previously targeted two new forwards during the window.
The Manchester United trainee is widely expected to leave Bournemouth before the October 16 deadline for deals between top-flight and EFL clubs and Hutton thinks he would represent a smart option for Villa.
“The window’s open to the 16th,” Hutton told Football Insider. “He’d be a great addition.
“If he doesn’t come in, look, I think they’ve had one of the best transfer windows for a long time so it’s not a bad thing if they didn’t but if you’re looking at the squad, they’ve got Ollie Watkins, Keinan Davis – they’re maybe looking to bring someone else in just in case.
“It would be a good fit, I think he can play in several positions which is another tick in the box but I’m sure he’s got a few admirers.
“I don’t think they would want to go overboard in the price for him, I don’t think they have to. If they could get a deal, I’m sure they’d definitely look at it because he’d be a great addition to the squad.”
King scored six goals and registered four assists in 26 matches for relegated Bournemouth last season, including a goal in his side’s 2-1 win at Villa last August.
Reports in the national press say Bournemouth are willing to accept £10million for King, who is said to to be ‘desperate to quit’ the Championship club in the next nine days.
King’s contract expires next summer and the Cherries know they risk losing him on a free transfer if he doesn’t leave in the next fortnight.
West Bromwich Albion are also interested in the 28-year-old Norway international.