Bournemouth forward Joshua King has said that he ‘believed’ his reported deadline day move to Manchester United would have been completed.
The Norwegian forward was linked with a switch to Old Trafford on the final day of the Winter transfer window, with some reports even suggesting that the Red Devils had a £20m offer for his signature rejected.
Instead, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sealed a loan switch for former Watford striker Odion Ighalo, the Nigerian forward moving to Old Trafford until at least the end of the season. Meanwhile, King was left disappointing having seen a last-minute return to his former employers fall through.
Talking to TV2, he said: “I have to be a little careful about what I am saying here. A small part of me believed it could happen, and of course it was a bit emotional for me considering I had moved to England as a 16-year old to try and fulfil my dreams and to achieve my goals.
“I aimed to do so at Manchester United, and when it didn’t happen I made a choice and left.
“And when you hear after all that, that you are linked with Manchester United and that there was an offer on the table, then of course the same feelings you had as a 16-year old come back to you.”
Elsewhere, Ighalo could be in action for the first time as a Manchester United player as they take on Chelsea on Monday evening. He sits at 13/2 with Paddy Power to score the opening goal of the game.