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United used pressure tactics to try and force January move

Manchester United used strong-arm tactics to try and force Bournemouth to sell striker Joshua King to them in January.

King played for United at youth level, but left Old Trafford without ever having made a senior appearance for them. He then moved to Blackburn Rovers and then to Bournemouth, where he has since scored 47 goals in 161 appearances.

That lead United to consider re-signing the Norwegian international on deadline day, but they tried to blackmail Bournemouth by giving them 15 minutes to agree to sell him for £25 million, or they would sign a striker from China instead.

Bournemouth failed to respond to the ultimatum in time and United promptly went and signed ex-Watford striker Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shanhua instead for the rest of the season. So much in a hurry were they to sign Ighalo that they did not even complete a proper medical for the player who made his debut as a late substitute in the win over Chelsea on Monday night.

About Andy Dalziel

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he's not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.

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