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Stan Collymore reacts to Everton reportedly eyeing Josh King

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Stan Collymore reacts to Everton reportedly eyeing Josh King

Stan Collymore has told The Sunday People (17/1; page 56) that he is very excited about the prospect of Everton signing Josh King amid links between the striker and a Goodison Park switch.

The Sun reported earlier this month that the Toffees have opened talks with Bournemouth over a potential move for King. The Norwegian is out of contract in the summer.

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It was suggested in the report that a swap deal could be on the cards. Jonjoe Kenny was identified as one player the Cherries would be interested in.

King is a player who has scored 48 goals in the Premier League. And given his contract situation, there is an opportunity for an incredibly shrewd piece of business for a top flight side.

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And Collymore has claimed that he could be a fantastic addition for Everton – and could take his own game to the next level under Carlo Ancelotti.

“If Everton get Josh King this month, they will be getting a player who can lead the line, has physicality in abundance and, crucially, at 28, they will be getting a player who can study for his striker’s degree in double-quick time under Carlo Ancelotti,” he told The Sunday People.

“The thought of King and Dominic Calvert-Lewin as a partnership has me very excited and I hope Ancelotti plans to unleash them in a 4-4-2 at times rather using him as a back-up to the England star.”

 

TBR View: Everton right to step back if wage reports are correct

It does appear that Everton may be reluctant to sign King this month. A more recent report from The Sun claimed that they had cooled their interest.

It was suggested that the 28-year-old wants £120,000-a-week. He is open to staying put until his contract expires to ensure that he secures a more lucrative deal in the summer.

King has proved himself at the highest level. And he may go on to justify a huge wage when he does make his next move.

But Everton are surely right to take a step back. He is unlikely to enjoy a prominent role unless injuries prove to be a problem for Ancelotti’s men.

He would be a good signing for most Premier League sides. But you could understand why teams would be unsure about breaking the bank when offering him a contract.

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