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Blackburn Rovers close to sealing King loan deal
BLACKBURN Rovers were last night waiting for the green light from their owners Venky’s to complete the loan signing of Manchester United striker Josh King.
The 20-year-old Norwegian international is understood to have all but agreed personal terms with Rovers for a loan move until January, with a view to a permanent switch, and it is hoped it will be sealed before the 5pm close of today’s emergency transfer window.
The 5ft 11ins striker featured in United’s Champions League defeat to Galatasaray in midweek and has also represented the Old Trafford outfit in the League Cup.
King, who was born in Oslo, has also enjoyed loan spells at Preston North End, German side Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hull, and has scored once in four appearances for Norway. He can also play on the wing.
Manager Henning Berg has been a big admirer of his Norwegian compatriot while his friendship with United boss Alex Ferguson has also helped in the deal.
The final decision will remain with co owners Anuradha Desai, Balaji Rao and Venkatesh Rao, but it is hoped they will rubberstamp the move this morning.
Berg has already vowed not to attempt to sign players who won’t add to the quality of the squad but it is understood he believes King will provide a valuable option.
Rovers have been looking for a striker to provide £8million man Jordan Rhodes with some support, with summer signing Leon Best not expected to be fit until January at the earliest.
Assistant boss Eric Black had attempted to bring Stoke’s Cameron Jerome to Ewood Park during his spell as caretaker manager but that move was never passed by the club’s Indian owners.
Meanwhile, Rovers boss Berg believes his squad will have grown in belief after Saturday’s 4-1 Championship demolition of Peterborough.
“It was a fantastic feeling seeing the goals go in,” said Berg. “The finishing, the quality was good to see.
“Performances had been good before that but we didn’t have enough quality in the final third to win the game but we knew we had the potential to do that.
“To see it was encouraging and hopefully will give the players even more belief that the way we are playing, we are good enough and we can really challenge.
“We have ambitions, we want to be back in the Premier League and to do that you need a big squad. All these players have just got back from injury but we need quality in depth.”
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