Manchester United reportedly told Bournemouth they had just 15 minutes to accept their £25million (A$48m) offer for Josh King.
Ed Woodward allegedly warned the Cherries that United would sign “a player from China” if an agreement was not reached. And they did.
According to The Athletic, Woodward allegedly made it clear to Bournemouth chief executive Neill Baker that United had no time to waste.
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It is claimed that Woodward told Blake: “You have 15 minutes to tell us whether you accept, or we’ll be signing a player from China.”
Bournemouth did not accept the offer in time, so United turned their attention to former Watford star Odion Ighalo.
The Red Devils thrashed through a deal to sign the striker on loan from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on Deadline Day.
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United were in such a rush to get the deal over the line that the 30-year-old did not even undergo a medical.
Ighalo has not been allowed to train with his new teammates since he arrived in Manchester United amidst coronavirus fears.
But he is in line to make his debut against Chelsea tonight after he was spotted at Carrington on Sunday weekend.
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Bournemouth star King admitted it would have been a dream come true to return to Manchester United.
The Norwegian spent five years at Old Trafford until he made a permanent switch to Blackburn Rovers in 2013.
And he even told his agent he “didn’t care” that he had to take a huge pay cut to seal the move to United.
This story originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.