According to recent reports, Newcastle United could miss out on the signing of Bournemouth centre-forward, Joshua King, after Everton entered into talks with the Championship side.
The report by The Sun claims that Everton and Bournemouth are ‘talking’ about the possibility of a swap deal for the 28-year-old striker, as the south coast side would like to receive something in return for the £9.9 million-rated player before he leaves the club on a free transfer upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season.
It is also claimed that Newcastle manager, Steve Bruce, has been told that there is ‘no need’ to move for King now, as the club can attempt to sign the player for nothing this summer.
However, with Everton now reportedly in talks with the Cherries regarding a move for the Norway international, who has previously been dubbed ‘the complete package‘ by former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, it would appear that there very much is a need for Newcastle to make an offer for the striker, or else the club risks missing out on the signing.
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Considering the fact that Newcastle have been heavily reliant on Callum Wilson for Premier League goals so far this season, with the club’s next highest league goalscorer being Jeff Hendrick with two strikes to his name, a move for King would certainly appear to make sense for the Magpies.
However, following the news that Everton have begun talks with Bournemouth regarding a deal for the 28-year-old, it would appear that Newcastle’s decision to wait in order to land the striker for free in the summer could come back to haunt them.
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