Galatasaray have opened talks with Everton attacker Josh King over signing him on a long-term contract, Football Insider understands.

The forward, 29, is set to leave Goodison Park at the end of the season as the  Merseysiders are set to snub the chance to sign him beyond his current short-term agreement. 

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Turkish big hitters Galatasaray have made King a leading target.

They have held talks with his representatives and are ready to offer him a huge contract to join in the next window.

With no transfer fee involved, Galatasaray can offer stellar wages in order to get a deal finalised and make him a marquee summer recruit.

But they face competition from Turkish rivals Fenerbahce, who also have a strong interest in King.

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He joined the Merseysiders on deadline day after they beat rivals including Fulham to a last-gasp transfer.

King signed on a short-term deal that expires at the end of the season after Everton paid a fee of around £2million for his services.

The Merseysiders would then need to pay Bournemouth a further top-up fee were they to take up their option of a longer term King deal.

That is not likely to happen as Carlo Ancelotti is instead looking to pursue other forwards in the next window.

King has yet to start a Premier League match for Everton and his nine appearances so far have all come as a sub.

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