HULL CITY: Man Utd's pace King Josh perfect for Tigers
MANCHESTER United youngster Josh King has all the qualities to match Hull City's attacking blueprint, according to boss Nick Barmby.
King, 19, has been identified as one of the Tigers' top targets for the January transfer window and he could join a growing list of United graduates at the KC Stadium in the coming days.
City are keen to loan the Norwegian youngster until the end of the season and although Barmby was staying tight-lipped over the player's future, he admitted a firm interest in King.
"We have got a chance and if we can do it, then great," said Barmby.
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"We've got a chance for other players as well so have cover, but I've seen Josh King play quite a few times.
"I really like him. He's a very good player who's quick, got a good stature and can play in a number of positions.
"He's an exciting player but we'll have to wait and see if we can get something done."
King, who can play across the front line, has been with United for the last four years after being spotted in his native Norway aged 15.
He's made just one appearance for United so far – as a substitute in a League Cup win over Wolves in 2009 – but did gain experience of the Championship when farmed out to Preston last season.
He endured a frustrating spell, with limited action, at Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany earlier this season, and the Premier League giants are expected to grant a loan move back to the Championship to aid the teenager's development.
"He's a name that we've looked at and he's on our list," said Barmby.
"We've had our targets and planned ahead and we want players to play for us who can fit in with our style.
"They need to be good on the ball, adaptable and he certainly fits that, without a doubt."
Barmby has already enjoyed a fruitful week in the loan market after extending a deal for Robbie Brady and snaring former goalkeeper Vito Mannone from Arsenal.
Mannone rejoined the Tigers on loan until the end of the season and is expected to make a second debut when Ipswich visit the KC Stadium in the FA Cup tomorrow.
The 23-year-old Italian plugs a worrying void in Barmby's squad following injuries to Peter Gulacsi and Adriano Basso – and the City boss is delighted to see Mannone back.
"Vito was our first choice," said Barmby. "I've seen a few names, but Vito was always the first choice.
"He did very well for us last season and he was desperate to come back, which is a great sign. He loved it here.
"He knows it's a great opportunity for him between now and the end of the season.
"If he does well and cements his place, then maybe it will be with a view to buying him.
"It's a great platform and because he was so enthusiastic, it was a no-brainer."
With Gulacsi expected to be out for six to eight weeks and Basso struggling with a long-term knee injury, City remain in the market for a second keeper.