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Everton release Josh King, amid links to both Celtic and West Ham recently

Everton have announced that Josh King is one of the players the club will not be keeping on beyond the end of his current contract this summer.

King joins the likes of Mo Besic, Yannick Bolasie, and Theo Walcott in leaving Goodison Park. It brings an end to a six-month spell on Merseyside for King, after he arrived from Bournemouth in February.

The Norwegian striker had been in-demand throughout last summer and into the January window. Ultimately, it was Everton who won the race for King, after he signed a short-term deal.

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But despite having the option to extend King’s deal, the Toffees have decided against it. The striker, 29, failed to start a game under Carlo Ancelotti and didn’t score a goal either.

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King had done well with Bournemouth. He’d scored 53 goals in 184 games, per Transfermarkt.

Both West Ham and Celtic have been credited with holding an interest in the striker in recent times. Just a month ago, Talksport suggested the Hammers still held King in high regard.

Celtic, meanwhile, had been linked with King themselves in April by the Daily Record. However, Eddie Howe is now not taking over as manager, meaning it’s now less likely King will move north of the border.

Josh King will find a club but may need to drop down again

You can see why King was keen to get back to the Premier League but he’s not done himself many favours at Everton in all honesty. He couldn’t dislodge Calvert-Lewin, and when he did play, he didn’t light things up.

Unfortunately, he might have to drop back into the Championship. A good season with a team down there might reignite his goals touch.

There are some big clubs in the second tier for him to look at. Other than that, King could be relying on a newly promoted side to take a punt.

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