Aston Villa make £16million bid for Josh King in bid to solve striker crisis

Aston Villa have made a £16m bid for Josh King as they look to solve their striker problem.

The Villans scraped survival in the Premier League last season on the last day but Bournemouth were not so lucky.

Instead, the Cherries will be plying their trade in the Championship this campaign.

And it has left them fighting for the futures of their players, with Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson already leaving.

The duo have joined Newcastle while the latest looking set to depart is their other striker, King.

The Norway international netted six times in the Premier League last season in a difficult year for the south-coast side.

According to the Telegraph, Villa have made a £16m bid for King.

It comes as Dean Smith looks to improve his strikeforce after problems up front all season.

Villa splashed out £22m on Wesley Moraes from Club Brugge last summer but he only scored five times before an injury ruled him out for the season.

In January, Smith signed Mbwana Samatta but the Tanzania international only managed one goal in the Premier League.

King, despite his goal worries last season, has usually been a fine provider at the top of the pitch.

The campaign before he netted 12 and assisted three and Smith will be hoping for that sort of form as he plots a way to keep Villa up another season.

The ex-Blackburn Rovers star started his career out at Manchester United and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was interested in bringing in the forward in January.

Links over a return to Old Trafford had been revived over the summer as the Red Devils coach has an interest in his compatriot.

Villa are looking to splash the cash once again this summer and have also lodged a £20m bid for Arsenal star Emiliano Martinez.

Liverpool hotshot Rhian Brewster is also on their radar as well as Celtic star Odsonne Edouard.

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