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Latics win King chase

25 Jan 2008 - 18:00:54

Wigan Athletic have beaten Fulham in the race to sign Watford striker Marlon King.

The 27-year-old Jamaica international appeared to be on the verge of signing for the Cottagers last week, but has finally opted to join their relegation rivals Wigan.

Latics' assistant manager Eric Black had earlier said: "We've shown an interest and it's ongoing. Fulham are obviously interested as well, as are another couple of clubs, because he's obviously done exceptionally well for Watford this season.

"You obviously always have to be concerned with his injury problems.

"But if something did happen then we'd obviously have to satisfy ourselves that it wasn't an ongoing problem and wouldn't be a problem in the future.

"Hopefully if we do get him then he could contribute between now and the end of the season."

King scored 37 goals in 87 appearances for Watford following his £500,000 switch from Nottingham Forest just over two years ago.

He started his career at Barnet but made his name at Gillingham scoring 40 times in only 82 league starts for the club, before sealing a £950,000 transfer to Forest.

However, King struggled at the City Ground and, after finding the net only ten times in 50 league games, was allowed to move to the Hornets.


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