Everton are said to be talking to Bournemouth about a possible swap deal involving unsettled Cherries striker Joshua King.
The 28-year-old, has made no secret of his desire to leave the Vitality Stadium and almost joined Manchester United 12 months ago. That “dream” move fell through and he ended up suffering relegation with Bournemouth.
It was thought that the Norway international would leave during the summer transfer window. Many clubs were keen, with West Ham United seeing their bid rejected.
He was also linked with West Brom but their move for Karlan Grant closed that particular door.
The Scandinavian admitted back in October that he was unhappy with the state of affairs. He has started just three Championship games among eight appearances this term.
It seems as though an exit would suit all concerned and Goodison Park is an option, according to The Sun on Sunday. He will be out of contract at the end of the season and could therefore leave for nothing.
The south-coast outfit want something back for their investment and have been linked with an exchange. They are said to be keen on the Toffees’ young centre-half Jarrad Branthwaite.
At just 18, he has little experience and is clearly one for the future. Right-back Jonjoe Kenny is another that could be involved in the King deal.
It is not known if either player would be willing to drop a division but neither are seeing much action.
The Merseysiders have shown an interest in King in the past. His price tag has always been the stumbling block and so a swap might be the answer.
Magpies waiting for King decision
King will decide where he goes and Newcastle are waiting to see if he runs down his Cherries contract. Steve Bruce wants him at St James’ Park but owner Mike Ashley will not sanction fees during the current pandemic.
A free transfer is the best Bruce can hope for if the forward does stay put and end his contract in June.
There would be other suitors interested at that point, with United keen in the past. The Hammers might also rekindle their interest after selling Sebastien Haller to Dutch giants Ajax.
David Moyes had a £13m bid rejected over the summer but might have to pay more this time around. Whatever happens, it seems as though King’s days on the south coast are numbered.
He is desperate for a return to the top flight and many clubs seem happy to accommodate him.