Aston Villa have rivalled Celtic in their pursuit of free agent Joshua King, according to Norwegian publication VG.
The Lowdown: Celtic have a long standing interest in Joshua King
Undoubtedly, Celtic need major reinforcements after a bleak 2020/21 campaign. In particular, the striking berth may require redefining, in the midst of Odsonne Edouard’s prospective exit to Premier League side Leicester City [Sky Sports].
As previously mooted, Celtic have noted an interest in Norwegian international Josh King since early April [Daily Record].
Currently a free agent after leaving Premier League outfit Everton upon his contract expiration [Guardian], the 29-year-old is seeking pastures new after a 2020/21 tally of three goals and two assists in 25 appearances [Transfermarkt].
However, the Parkhead giants could now be set to miss out on the forward after recent developments.
The Latest: Aston Villa enter the race for the Norwegian international
Aston Villa are now rumoured to be in the race for his signature alongside the Celts and Premier League newcomers Norwich City [The Boot Room via VG].
Previously linked with a switch to the Villains last year, there will undoubtedly be considerable cause for concern amongst the Celtic support [Birmingham Live].
Despite this, the VG report still claims that Celtic are keen on bringing the former Manchester United frontman north of the border, which will come as a relief to the Hoops faithful.
The Verdict: Celtic should make King an offer he cannot refuse as interest ramps up
Without doubt, King would be a tremendous signing for Celtic should they manage to force a deal over the line.
Once labelled ‘talented’ by former team-mate Paul Robinson [Football Insider], the pacy Norwegian enjoyed prolonged success with Bournemouth in the Premier League; notching 53 goals and 19 assists from 184 outings on the South Coast [Transfermarkt].
Whoever ends up acquiring King, will inherit an international class player who has shown the credentials necessary to succeed at the top level. Celtic should do all they can to make the deal happen.
In other news, Celtic are linked with another prolific striker.
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