West Ham United failed to bring in a new striker in the last summer window and their efforts to sign a new No.9 further increased in the second half of the season, after allowing Sébastien Haller to join Ajax in January.
The Hammers’ search for a striker didn’t yield any results in the winter market, which is why they decided to wait until the next market to strengthen the attacking division.
It’s been widely reported David Moyes’ side couldn’t find an agreement over the transfers of a handful of players, and among them is Joshua King, who is currently at Everton.
King moved to Goodison Park from AFC Bournemouth earlier this year and months prior to that, West Ham wanted to sign him.
The Cherries were relegated from the Premier League last season and therefore, they were looking to sell the Norway international before the start of this campaign.
During an interview with TV2, the 29-year-old admitted he’s still disappointed with his former club’s decision not to accept West Ham’s offer last summer.
“I was on summer vacation and was asked not to come back, because they were going to sell me. Then things happened, which will come out with later,” King said.
“But I didn’t have any beef with Bournemouth because of what happened. When I returned, they declined a bid from West Ham. Then they called me on the deadline day and said they would loan me.
“I had some difficulty understanding why they went from saying no to two bids, to suddenly letting me go on loan. That, I think, is a question I never get an answer to.”