Everton have cooled their interest in signing Josh King in this window, with The Sun reporting that the striker is keen to secure a contract worth £120,000-a-week.
King is attracting the attention of a host of Premier League sides. The Sun notes that Newcastle, Aston Villa and Fulham are all monitoring the 29-year-old.
The report has claimed that the trio are happy to delay their approach until King becomes a free agent in the summer. And it appears that Everton are ready to take a similar stance.
According to The Sun, King wants £120,000-a-week. And Everton are reportedly unwilling to offer that sort of deal given that Carlo Ancelotti views the Norway international as a squad player rather than a regular starter.
The Toffees could now look elsewhere, or may keep Cenk Tosun. But it would appear that King may not be on his way to Goodison Park this month.
TBR View: Everton right to cool King interest
King has proved in the past that he can score goals in the Premier League. However, Everton are surely right to cool their interest given his demands.
He is yet to score in the Championship for Bournemouth this season. Admittedly, he has only made four starts and six substitute appearances. But that is surely nowhere near good enough for a player demanding such a lucrative contract.
It will be interesting to see if another club does decide to make a move this month. But as things stand, it is difficult to argue with Everton’s reported decision.