AFC Bournemouth could receive £5m from Everton for the service of Josh King.
Everton swooped to sign the Norwegian striker from Bournemouth over the course of Deadline Day, with King returning to the Premier League after a stint in the Championship with the Cherries.
As per the Guardian, Bournemouth could well receive a fee of up to £5m for the service of King, who has agreed a short-term contract with Everton until the end of the season.
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King, 29, would have seen his deal with Bournemouth end in the summer anyway after a near six-year stay on the South Coast.
Five of the five-and-a-half years of King’s stay with the Cherries saw him playing in the Premier League.
The forward scored 48 goals in 161 appearances for the club, including 16 as his best return back in the 2016/17 campaign.
Relegation for Bournemouth in 2020 left King at a crossroads, but he remained with Jason Tindall’s squad for the first-half of the season.
However, he failed to score in 12 appearances in the Championship, with his only goals coming in the FA Cup. That leaves him with three goals in two appearances in that competition.
This is a really small fee for a player of King’s quality, regardless of his contract situation.
We haven’t seen the best of King this season and that’s, of course, a bit of a concern for Everton.
However, if he shows even half of what he did in the Premier League with Bournemouth, he will be a hit and worth the money spent this January.
That’s even without considering he could land himself a longer-term contract.
If that’s the case and Everton have seen enough to commit to the forward beyond the summer, surely he’s justified whatever outlay comes this month.
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