Daniel Farke’s Norwich City are interested in a summer move for Joshua King.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claimed that a recruitment source has revealed the Canaries are actively pursuing a deal for the Everton striker, who is set to become a free agent this summer.
The report claims that Farke is looking to add top-flight experience to his squad ahead of their upcoming Premier League campaign, with King emerging as a prime candidate.
While the 29-year-old did not exactly set the world alight after moving to Goodison Park in a deal in the region of £2m back in February, failing to score or register an assist for the Toffees over his 11 Premier League appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, there is nevertheless an argument to be made that King would be a fine addition to the Norwich squad.
Although he did feature in 11 top-flight fixtures for Everton this season, none of these came as starts, with the £9m-rated forward averaging a mere 14 minutes on the pitch per game – significantly reducing the Norway international’s chances of having a real impact on proceedings.
However, in previous seasons, King has more than demonstrated that he is capable of finding the back of the net in the Premier League, with the £45,000-per-week striker scoring 48 goals and registering 15 assists over his 161 top-flight appearances while at Bournemouth.
Furthermore, with Farke considerably lacking in backup to and competition for Norwich’s 26-goal predator Teemu Pukki – Jordan Hugill has managed just five goals over 34 appearances since joining the club last summer and injury-plagued 20-year-old Adam Idah still seems some way off being ready for regular first team football – a move for a centre-forward would appear to be something of a priority for the Canaries this summer.
As such, Stuart Webber should be doing all he can to convince King of a move to Carrow Road, as the 29-year-old – whom Eddie Howe previously dubbed as the “complete package” – would be a relatively cost-effective move for the sporting director to get over the line, as well as one who would bring a considerable amount of Premier League goalscoring experience to the Canaries.