Joshua King is once again attracting Premier League interest on Deadline Day, according to reports.
King previously proved himself in the top flight with Bournemouth, but was not able to secure a move away when they were relegated last season.
With six months left on his contract, he is likely to find a new club this year. That could even happen on Deadline Day if a club agrees to pay Bournemouth.
According to The Athletic, Southampton were in talks with Bournemouth over a potential swap deal that would have seen Shane Long move in the opposite direction.
However, TV2 claim there is a large distance between Southampton’s offer and King’s wage demands. Therefore, the move is unlikely.
He is still a target for other Premier League clubs, though. The Norwegian outlet claims that Everton and West Ham are still considering an offer.
In fact, the BBC add that Everton have made an enquiry for King. They are yet to make a formal offer for his services, though.
Everton are looking for more competition up front, despite the impressive performances of Dominic Calvert-Lewin this season. Carlo Ancelotti is obviously happy with his main man, but wants another option to support him.
King has enough Premier League experience to make the step up back to the top flight. And with so little time left on his contract, he would be available for little.
Clubs could wait until the end of the season to sign the 29-year-old as a free agent. However, by acting while the winter window is still open, they could steal a march on their rivals.
It remains to be seen if Everton will take this course of action. It appears they are among the main contenders for his signature at present, though.
Fulham also keen on King
Meanwhile, VG in Norway claim another Premier League side has joined the race – Fulham.
Finding another goalscorer would be a boost to their hopes of climbing out of the relegation zone and it seems King is on their radar.
They would be able to make a higher wage offer than Southampton did, giving them confidence in their pursuit.
However, it will be a frantic race against time for any club to get a deal done before the deadline.