Crystal Palace have been tipped to sign Josh King this summer after his Everton release, and the 29-year-old could be a superb addition to Patrick Vieira’s side.
In an exclusive interview with Football Transfer Tavern, former Palace man Marcus Bent suggested that Vieira should be looking at signing the former Bournemouth man on a free transfer this summer.
“A player that has talent. Is Palace the right move for him from Everton? I think it would be a massive signing for Crystal Palace.
“Would it be the move he wants? I’m not sure, but it’d literally get him playing and get his confidence up. He’d be playing with a team that’s fired up, new manager [Patrick] Vieira coming in, still in the Premier League.”
Palace have been linked with a move for King in the past, so he is clearly a player they are aware of, and his signing would represent a low-risk deal with a potentially big return, if the 29-year-old can rediscover the form he showed at Bournemouth.
During his time with the Cherries, the Norway international would contribute 53 goals and 19 assists in 184 appearances, including 16 goals in the 2016/17 Premier League campaign, which emphasises how dangerous he can be when he is at his best.
After a baffling spell at Everton where he was signed in January but made just 11 appearances from the bench totalling 138 minutes, King will be looking for a fresh start and Palace could offer him Premier League football, so it is a move that makes sense for both parties.
After he scored a brace in a game against Newcastle in 2019, former Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was full of praise for the striker, saying:
“Josh is outstanding physically, technically and mentally – he has the complete package, a little bit of everything.”
Therefore, he definitely seems like the sort of player that Vieira would love to have in his squad for next season. He could provide healthy competition for current attacking options Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke and Jordan Ayew, so the French manager should definitely be looking into bringing the forward, who has 69 goals in his career thus far, to Selhurst Park on a free transfer.
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