Everton’s chances of signing one of their attacking transfer targets have been dealt a fresh boost this week…
Earlier this month, The Sun’s Alan Nixon claimed that the Toffees were eyeing up a £15m swoop for relegated AFC Bournemouth forward Joshua King with Carlo Ancelotti in the market for a new striker.
The Daily Mail have since reported that the 28-year-old is attracting interest from abroad with AC Milan, Lazio and Roma all keen but so are ten other Premier League teams, including the Merseysiders.
And they believe King would rather stay in the English top-flight, which surely comes as a huge boost to Marcel Brands and co.
Well, if the final game of the season was his formal interview, then he’d have passed it with flying colours so it’s now on Ancelotti to offer him the role.
The 5 foot 11 Norwegian helped the Cherries deliver a resounding victory at Goodison Park, although the three points weren’t enough for them to remain in the PL.
King provided one goal, via the penalty spot, as well as one assist and also recorded two key passes, two successful dribbles and picked up a 7.6 rating, as per SofaScore.
He dominated Seamus Coleman so much on that right-flank that the Toffees skipper was withdrawn before the hour mark for loan man Djibril Sidibe.
It was King’s sixth goal and fourth assist of the season, which is pretty good going in a team that were consistently flirting with the drop all season.
Ex-Cherries boss Eddie Howe labelled his frontman a “complete package” and claimed he’s “outstanding physically, technically and mentally” to Match of the Day last year.
The “unique” forward can play anywhere along the front three, very much in a similar vein to Richarlison, so at just £15m, Brands would be getting his boss an absolute steal.
AND in other news, Everton giving up on “great talent” would be rather damning for Marcel Brands…