Everton forward Josh King

Noel Whelan has tipped Eddie Howe to make Everton forward Josh King one of his first signings as Celtic manager.

The former Leeds and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the 43-year-old would look to recruit players he knows to bolster the Bhoys’ squad.

As revealed by Football Insider, Howe has verbally agreed to become the Hoops’ new manager after face-to-face talks with Dermot Desmond.

He has been out of work since leaving Bournemouth in August 2020 following their relegation.

King featured regularly for Howe with the Cherries and scored 50 goals in 170 appearances during their time at Dean Court.

The Norway international joined Everton on a short-term deal in January but has struggled for game time.

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As such, the Toffees are set to snub the option to sign the 29-year-old on a long term deal.

With King likely to become a free agent this summer, Whelan suggested a reunion at Parkhead may be on the cards.

“You look to Ancelotti, you look to a lot of managers – they bring in their own,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“It’s no different to Jose Mourinho and Reguilon from Real Madrid. He has seen him, seen him work, he knows what he’s getting. That’ll be know different for Eddie Howe. We know Josh King’s available. 

“Everton aren’t taking that on. He would be fantastic for the Scottish game and Celtic. Maybe he’ll delve into the market for that one, he knows what’s happening in the summertime. The two of them know each other very well.

“It wouldn’t surprise me if he delves into the market and takes people that he knows and trusts.

“That’s what managers generally do, using their own contacts and the relationships they have with players. That would only be a positive for Celtic.” 

In other news, Frank McAvennie has blasted Celtic for “crazy” treatment of brilliant youngster.