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Report: Southampton and Everton want Bournemouth star Josh King

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Report: Southampton and Everton want Bournemouth star Josh King

Southampton and Everton are keen to sign Josh King ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline, according to The Athletic.

King has been linked with a move away from the Vitality Stadium since relegation at the end of last season.

A deal couldn’t be struck during the last window but speculation is set to intensify with the window set to slam shut tonight.

Southampton are in negotiations with their south-coast rivals over a deal which would see Shane Long go in the opposite direction.

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Likewise, Everton have shown an interest in the 29-year-old and would consider loaning Anthony Gordon to the Cherries in return.

The Toffees are behind the Saints in the pecking order and Carlo Ancelotti would need to offload someone permanently before he brings anyone in.

King has scored 48 goals in 161 top-flight appearances and can play anywhere across the front three.

The Norway international has played 51 times for his country, scoring 17 goals in the process.

 

Southampton have slipped into the bottom half of the Premier League table and Ralph Hasenhuttl will hope for a return to form.

King is paid £45,000-a-week at Bournemouth and will see his contract expire in the summer.

If the 29-year-old does arrive at St Mary’s, Long looks set to join on loan until the end of the season when his deal would become permanent.

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Long is on £60,000-a-week at the club and getting him off the wage budget would be ideal.

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King is four years younger than the Republic of Ireland talisman and from a Southampton point of view, the deal is a no-brainer.

Hasenhuttl has a knack of getting the best out of his squad and King could thrive in the Austrian’s setup.

There is still work to do but adding King could prove a decent piece of deadline day business by the Saints.

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