Joshua King says part of him believed a transfer from Bournemouth to Manchester United could have taken place on Deadline Day.
United, who ended up bringing in Odion Ighalo on loan from Shanghai Shenhua, were linked with a number of different strikers during January, including Norway international King.
King began his career at Manchester United in 2009 but left for Blackburn Rovers after failing to make a first-team appearance in four years.
United made an initial bid of £20m for King in January which was rejected by Bournemouth but then failed to return with a second offer, leaving the 28-year-old to cope with the disappointment of a failed Deadline Day move.
“I have to be a little careful about what I am saying here,” King told Norwegian outlet TV2. “A small part of me believed it could happen, and of course it was a bit emotional for me considering I had moved to England as a 16-year old to try and fulfil my dreams and to achieve my goals.
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“I aimed to do so at Manchester United, and when it didn’t happen I made a choice and left.
“And when you hear after all that, that you are linked with Manchester United and that there was an offer on the table, then of course the same feelings you had as a 16-year old come back to you.”
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