Report: Aston Villa join Celtic in race for Everton attacker, free transfer

Norwegian outlet VG have claimed that Aston Villa have joined the race to sign striker Josh King. The forward is set to leave Everton on a free transfer this summer after just six months at Goodison Park – and the race is hotting up for his signature. Aston Villa have joined Norwich and Celtic in the race.

King, 29, joined Everton in January after a brilliant stint at Bournemouth – where he scored 53 goals in 184 games. However, his move to Merseyside only saw him sign a six-month permanent deal. Clearly, King had to impress to earn a new deal but he is now set to depart, having failed to do so.

A 54-time Norway international, King failed to score a single goal or register even one assist for Everton during his 11 appearances. Now, interest is hotting up in King – with Celtic and Norwich previously linked. VG state that Aston Villa are also keen on signing King, who not cost a single penny.

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King is still a brilliant signing on a free, for Celtic or Villa

King is still an experienced Premier League player with proven quality in the top tier. He is more than adept at scoring goals in the division, netting 48 times in 172 outings – as well as laying on 15 goals. Of those 172 games, he has only ever completed 90 minutes on 75 occasions.

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Available on a free, then, King would be a brilliant addition for the likes of Celtic or Villa. The Midlands club need cover up front and possibly out wide and King can supply that. Celtic, meanwhile, need additions all over the pitch and with Odsonne Edouard set to go – King would be a good signing.

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