By Abigail Withey
Tottenham are facing their second transfer setback of the day as target Josh King is not keen on a move to North London, according to a report.
The Sun claim that Everton are also keeping his eye on the 25-year-old in order to prepare for Romelu Lukaku’s potential exit this summer.
But the newspaper has also revealed that King is unsure about moving to Mauricio Pochettino’s side because he is adamant that he doesn’t want to be a back-up for Harry Kane.
It is said that although he has attracted interest from both Spurs and Everton, he is in no rush to leave his current club.
The news comes after German news outlet Kicker reported that Tottenham were set to miss out on Borussia Dortmund defender Matthias Ginter after he opted for a move to Borussia Monchengladbach despite being offered the chance to move to North London.
King had an incredible season at Bournemouth after he scored 16 goals and provided two assists during his 36 appearances throughout all competitions.
The Norwegian joined the Premier League club from Blackburn Rovers on a free transfer in 2015, and the forward has a further four years remaining on his contract with the club.
Football Insider verdict
Tottenham should try to overpower Koeman’s interest by enticing King to Spurs with the promise of playing in the Champions League in addition to being serious contenders for the Premier League title. It is understandable that the Bournemouth star would be wary about being second best to the Golden Boot award winner, as if he made the move he will most certainly be watching a lot of the season on the Spurs sidelines, especially if Kane continues his form from the past couple of seasons. While signing the 25-year-old would be an ideal scenario for the north London club, having Harry Kane means the club are still ten steps ahead of others, and Pochettino should look to strengthen his defence instead.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a reliable journalist has given an update on the club’s pursuit of a 23-year-old defender.