Everton likely to agree long-term King summer deal - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

2nd Mar, 2021 | 11:55am

Sources: Update on Everton signing King permanently after £2m fee paid

Everton are yet to make up their minds on signing Josh King on a long-term deal in the summer, Football Insider understands.

The versatile forward, 29, joined the Merseysiders on the 1st February deadline day on a last-gasp transfer from Bournemouth.

King signed on a short-term deal and his future is set to be up in the air again when that expires at the end of the season.

An Everton source has told Football Insider the club are still to decide whether to make it a long-term arrangement.

They regard King as being of a similar mould to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, capable of holding the ball up and working the channels as well as being effective in the penalty box.

Everton paid Bournemouth what they claimed was a “nominal” fee for King in January to beat Fulham to his signature.

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Football Insider has been told that sum was actually £2million.

The Norway international has yet to start a Premier League match for Everton and his five appearances so far have all come as a sub.

He was overlooked for the starting XI against Man City and Liverpool even when Dominic Calvert-Lewin was not deemed fit enough to start.

Richarlison got the nod for the spearhead role in those matches but King has still made a favourable impression on the Everton coaches, including manager Carlo Ancelotti.

He joined Everton after six years at Bournemouth, where he scored 53 goals in 184 matches.

In other news, Everton have set their sights on Europa League sensation Sima.