Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had identified Norwegian as a solution to striker shortage but failed to land his fellow countryman
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has failed with a bid to land Bournemouth forward Joshua King.
The Manchester United manager, who worked with King as a youngster at Old Trafford, wanted the 28 -year-old to solve his problems in attack following Marcus Rashford’s back injury.
King has been sidelined with a hamstring injury but is due back after the Premier League winter break and Solskjaer viewed his fellow Norwegian as the perfect addition to add a cutting edge to his attack.
Eddie Howe is determined to keep King part of his survival bid this season and will do everything possible to keep him at the Vitality Stadium.
According to an Old Trafford source, King was a deal “we thought we could get done but was met with resistance from Bournemouth”.
King was a youngster at Old Trafford when Solskjaer was starting as a coach with United’s reserves years ago.
The Oslo-born striker had loan spells in Germany with Borussia Monchengladbach and in the Championship with Preston, Hull and Blackburn.
But he impressed with his consistency in five years in the Premier League with Bournemouth.
King has played across the front line but has been deployed as a striker the majority of this season before injury struck.