Reports claim that Brighton have emerged as surprise contenders to sign Bournemouth forward Josh King.

King was relegated with the Cherries last season as their 5-year Premier League stay came to an end.

A return to the Championship for the South Coast side has brought about a host of changes at the Vitality Stadium, with the departure of long-standing manager Eddie Howe as well as key players Callum Wilson and Nathan Ake.

Now Josh King could join the list of Bournemouth players heading to a new Premier League home, with Brighton and Hove Albion said to be among a number of clubs chasing his signature.

West Ham United have been at the forefront of any deal for King, but their limp offer of £13m for the Norway international was swiftly rebuffed by the Cherries.

That has left the door open for other top flight sides to pursue a deal, with claims that Brighton are interested in bringing King 100 miles along the coast to the Amex Stadium.

With £20m the reported asking price for the forward’s services, it does seem unlikely that the Seagulls will strike up a deal, particularly with Connolly, Maupay and new-boy Zeqiri amongst the ranks.

This is reflected in the bookmakers odds too, with Graham Potter’s men rated as outsiders to complete a move.

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