Bournemouth star admits United return would have been a ‘dream’ come true

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Josh King has admitted it would have been a dream come true to return to Manchester United.

The Red Devils had a £25million offer rejected by Bournemouth for their former academy graduate as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately searched for striking reinforcements.

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Norwegian international King, 28, spent five years at Old Trafford and admits he had his heart set on heading back to the North West as he waited for a Deadline Day move to happen.

But United instead secured a last-ditch loan swoop for ex-Watford forward Odion Ighalo – leaving the Cherries ace facing a relegation battle instead of vying for a top four finish.

King came off the bench today as Bournemouth slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Sheffield United to leave them 16th in the table.

And afterwards he spoke about the failed transfer for the first time with Norwegian outlet TV 2: “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.

“It did not [happen] and then I made a choice and left. 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.

“But why it did not happen, I do not know.”

Despite his pain at missing out on United, the hotshot has vowed to give everything to ensure Bournemouth’s top-flight survival.
King added: “I’m a Bournemouth player and I really enjoy it here – but it had been a dream come true, I will not lie.

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“But 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.

“So I just have to keep working hard to try to help the club out of the situation we’re in now.”

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