United's Marcus Rashford had suffered a back injury earlier in the month, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scouring the market for a replacement .
The Red Devils launched a £20m move for Bournemouth's Joshua King with few hours to spare, but the Cherries rejected the approach. Instead, former Watford star Odion Ighalo joined the Old Trafford side on loan.
Tottenham were also in a similar situation. Star striker Harry Kane picked up a hamstring injury in the club's first game of 2020, leaving Jose Mourinho without a focal point up front.
Under Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham tried to find Kane's deputy in Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente, but neither player had what it took to step up in the England captain's absence. At one stage last season, Mourinho was left with no other option than to put midfielder Dele Alli up top in a desperate bid to replicate a 'battering ram' forward option that the Portuguese manager loves.
Nine months later, Spurs are still left with Kane as the only recognised striker on their books, with youngster Troy Parrott securing a much-needed loan move to Millwall.
With Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty already through the door, efforts will now likely turn to securing a deal for a striker - but the clock is ticking. The north London side have struggled to find a player of the right profile in previous years, with top forwards refusing to be a back-up to Kane.
This perhaps limits the calibre of forward Spurs can realistically bring in as a second choice striker, so where better to look than players who have Premier League experience?
King and Callum Wilson are two forwards tipped for a summer move back to England's top flight following Bournemouth's relegation. Although the Cherries had a tough season, Tottenham should look to exploit the availability of the pair, who have both shown they know how to hit the back of a Premier League net - but it's the Norwegian who Spurs should be favouring.
With goals in recent years against the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, King has proved he can lead the line against any opposition.
King has filled a void in Wilson's absence, leading the line on his own at times as well as playing alongside the Englishman, so stepping up is nothing new to him. The Norwegian would feature predominantly as a striker alongside or instead of Kane, but he would also provide added depth on the wing.
This versatility would make him another efficient signing for Spurs this summer, with the club still in the market for both a winger and a forward - a move for King would tick both boxes.It's something Spurs have tried before, with Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura both making appearances as a winger and a forward, but these are two key players who should be kept as wide-men.
It would take a substantial fee for the Cherries to part ways with Wilson. King, however, is likely to be available at a cut price. For a player who has scored more Premier League goals than Wilson during Bournemouth's Premier League journey, it really is a no-brainer.
The Norwegian is classed as a homegrown player due to the amount of years he spent in England before turning 21. Spurs are at their limit of overseas players currently, so the more homegrown players that come through the door, the better.
Of course, Wilson is also homegrown, but King's contract on the south coast expires next summer. This means any club looking to sign the forward could strike a deal for a lower fee due to Bournemouth's need to cash in to avoid losing the player to a free transfer.
A signing like King would be thrown straight in, with Spurs facing UEFA Europa League qualification matches as well as Carabao Cup fixtures.
With the intense fixture pile-up Mourinho's side face in the opening weeks of the 2020/21 season, having another striker on the books should be a necessity to take the weight off Kane's shoulders. After all, have you seen their September schedule?
Source : 90min