Howe welcomes King to Bournemouth

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May 29, 2015 14:47:23 UK

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has continued to strengthen his squad in readiness for life in the Premier League by signing Joshua King from Blackburn.

The 23-year-old Norway international signed for Rovers on a permanent basis in January 2013 having come through the youth team ranks at Manchester United.

His main claim to fame came in February when he scored a memorable hat-trick in the FA Cup fifth round victory against Stoke City but he only managed to find the net five times in 64 league appearances for Blackburn.

We’ve seen, in flashes, at Blackburn what a good player he can be.

Eddie Howe

Howe has already completed the permanent signings of goalkeepers Artur Boruc and Adam Federici from Southampton and Reading respectively this week, and has been quick to welcome King to the Cherries.

Former Burnley manager Howe said: “We’ve seen, in flashes, at Blackburn what a good player he can be and the Stoke game was a real stand-out moment from his season.

“Whether he plays as a central striker or as a wide player, he has that versatility which will be invaluable to us.”

King has also made 15 appearances for Norway since making his debut against Iceland in September 2012.

Bournemouth are 2.10 to be relegated from the Premier League in the 2015/16 season and are 2.62 to be the top newcomers next term.

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