Bournemouth forward Josh King is reportedly attracting interest from Everton, who have already brought in several players in the transfer window. King can still move to a Premier League side as the EFL transfer window shuts only on October 16.
As per talkSport, Everton are in the race to sign King, with West Ham United also showing interest in signing the Norwegian.
The Hammers made £13 million bid for King, which was rejected by Bournemouth. The Cherries reportedly want £17 million for the 28-year-old striker.
Josh King’s current contract with Bournemouth expires at the end of the 2020-21 season, and he can talk to other clubs in the January transfer window.
Josh King to Everton – A good option for Ancelotti?
Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton side have been the surprise package in the first four games of the season, winning all their games so far. The Toffees have invested heavily in their squad and it has already worked wonders, with the new-look midfield dominating as well as creating numerous chances.
The Merseyside club have also strengthened at the back, signing defender Ben Godfrey and left-back Niels Nkounkou. Their attack has looked deadly as Englishman Dominic Calvert-Lewin has found the back of the net on six occasions in the four Premier League games he has played so far.
But, Everton don’t have a solid backup option for Calvert-Lewin as Italian forward Moise Kean was allowed to leave the club, joining PSG on loan. This leaves Ancelotti with just two first-team strikers – Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison. This season is going to be a long one, with games coming thick and fast, which requires a strong and deep squad.
Josh King could be a good backup option in the forward areas, as he is capable of playing not just as a central striker, but out wide as well. A quick player with good dribbling skills, King has vast Premier League experience, having played over 160 games in the Premier League.
With Everton looking strong in the League Cup, and the FA Cup to follow later in the season, King could be a useful player in cup competitions, as well as a backup if Calvert-Lewin gets injured, or be an impact player off the bench.
While Calvert-Lewin is strong, physical and very good in the air, King is a quicker player who has the ability to run at defences. With the passing ability of James Rodriguez from the wide areas, King could use his pace and dribbling ability to run behind defenders. This could be a good signing for Everton and Carlo Ancelotti.
If King signs with Everton, he will have better players around him, and he could have a better output than what he managed at Bournemouth.