Everton are interested in keeping Bournemouth loanee Joshua King at the club on a permanent basis, according to reports.
The Norway international sealed a six-month loan deal at Goodison Park on deadline day but is yet to make a start.
In fact, the 29-year-old has only played 68 minutes in a Toffees colours. Prior to his move, King missed a number of games for Bournemouth due to a thigh injury.
It seems as though he has yet to get up the speed required to warrant a place in the Merseyside club’s starting XI.
Even when first choice Dominic Calvert-Lewin was ruled out with injury, King was not selected to take up attacking duties.
Nevertheless, Carlo Ancelotti and co. are keen to keep the forward at the club, according to Football Insider.
It says the club see aspects of Calvert-Lewin in King and therefore want to retain him. The source claims his current loan deal, which ends in June, cost Everton £2million.
They will likely have to pay Bournemouth considerably more to prise him from their clutches. King has scored 53 goals in 184 games for the Cherries during his six-year stay.
Kenny set for Everton exit
Jonjoe Kenny may leave Goodison Park on a permanent basis this summer.
The 23-year-old was tipped as the man to replace club hero Seamus Coleman, who is now 32.
Despite a successful loan spell at Schalke last season, the youngster is seemingly not part of Ancelotti’s plans.
The England Under-21 international only played 60 minutes of football for the Toffees this season before being shipped out on loan to Celtic last month.
Burnley were interested Kenny’s service during the summer but refused to meet the £10million asking price.
With the full-back heading towards the final year of his contract in July, he could now leave Merseyside for even less.
The Everton academy graduate won the 2014 Under-17 European Championships for England before lifting the Under-20 World Cup in 2017.