Fulham have joined Aston Villa in the race to sign Bournemouth striker Josh King, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

Dean Smith is believed to have maintained his interest in the Norweigan, despite securing the arrival of Ollie Watkins from Brentford this week.

However, Smith now faces competition for the striker’s signature as newly-promoted Fulham manager Scott Parker has also joined the race for the Bournemouth man.

The 28-year-old certainly looks to be on his way out of the Vitality Stadium.

Having been a part of the squad which was relegated from the Premier League, King now only has nine months reaming on his contract and the Cherries are hoping to cash in.

Despite being willing to let him go, it is likely Bournemouth would still demand a reasonable fee for one of their most valuable assets.

Having been widely linked with a return to Manchester United in January after they made an approach for him, King possesses plenty of quality, making him a desirable prospect for both Fulham and Villa.

The pacey frontman who has 48 caps for his country has also amassed 48 Premier League goals, including 16 in 2016/17, his best tally to date.

Having already landed Watkins, Villa boss Smith is looking to put the final pieces of his squad together, and King certainly seems to be part of that puzzle.