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Former Target Released By Everton Ticks A Few Boxes For NUFC This Summer



Everton have opted against extending Josh King’s stay at Goodison Park. The forward joined on a short-term deal from Bournemouth on winter deadline day but managed only 11 substitute appearances for just 137 minutes of football.

The 29-year-old had been a long-term target of Newcastle extending back to the Rafa Benitez days. He was briefly linked last summer before Steve Bruce brought in his then Bournemouth teammate Callum Wilson, who had quite the impact and was named our Player of the Season.

Newcastle could theoretically be interested in King once again this summer. He’ll now become a free agent as of July 1st. With Newcastle unlikely to afford a permanent deal for a Premier League quality striker, a move for the Norwegian makes some sense.


While wage demands could prove a stumbling block, King’s situation becomes a very intriguing one. His poor spell as a Toffee could cool some of the interest of clubs who targeted him in January. He also is coming off a couple of subpar seasons with Bournemouth, including the first half of last season in the Championship.

Newcastle also may hold a bit of a wild card with our ex-Bournemouth contingent in Wilson, Matt Ritchie, and Ryan Fraser. While he is approaching that transitional age of 30, he’s only a month older than Callum Wilson, who has more than a few good years left in the tank.

King will likely play the field for the best offer and should have plenty of them after a season primarily played behind closed doors. He could be exactly what Newcastle are looking for with such a limited budget this summer.

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205 comments so far

  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 4, 2021 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #41

    This definitely has the makings of a conspiracy. What will Mikey do? It could be another court case!

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jun 4, 2021 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #42

    NY,

    Was really impressed how the Canadians dealt with the cold weather, 6 to 8 ft of snow piled up along the sides of roads and the roads were pristine and safe.
    Many many years of experience I suppose.
    Loads of coat hooks in the pubs downtown, proper preparation!
    Some nice IPA as well, I was converted.

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  • NY Mag

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #43

    Uncertain,

    Sounds like you enjoyed yourself mate 🙂

    You’re right, they are prepared and make a good job of it. Although, it’s relatively easy to put infrastructure in place to deal with something that is a certainty.

    It’s the uncertainties that catch us all out 🙂
    (No pun intended)

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #44

    Mund,

    Qatar owns more square feet of London than anyone else, how does that work? 🙁

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  • WWSBRD

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #45

    King as a replacement for Carroll/Gayle would be a solid move 7

    Willock likely to be moved on from Arsenal according to twitter as well surely we are in the mix for that, Ashley might plump for it as he is very likely here for the long run again

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #46

    Oh and who is this Billy Eyelash person and why do people make a fuss aboot him?

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  • NY Mag

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #47

    Uncertain,

    Is that right?

    I didn’t know that

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #48

    I would snap King up and move both Carroll and Gayle out of the squad. Time to move on but not some 19 year old because he’s nice and cheap/ Harrumph. Oh and Muto has to go as well…..

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  • GeordieTwo

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #49

    We Canadians are amazingly good with snow. We build runways oot of it, make huge snowmen, toboggan on it, make igloos, snow forts and even ski on it. It’s amazing stuff. Snow days are great too.

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  • magicmac54

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #50

    I hope we sell gayle not only is he not good enough for the premier league, but ive never seen anyone who looks so sour looking, he must think if he smiled his face would crack, he would be good craic at a wake ( Not) 😀 😀 😀

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #51

    NY,

    https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/world/10394-qatar-largest-owner-london-property

    It’s an old piece so they probably own more now. Worth a read though mate.

    Spat some dodgy homebrew out when I read they had 20% of the London Stock Exchange, although I’m not really sure what that actually means 🙂

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  • Adamn_92

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #52

    I think Willock turns 22 in August so just misses out on being able to be registered without taking up a squad place. It’s 21 and under who don’t take up a spot isn’t it?

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  • NY Mag

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #53

    Magic,

    We can’t “sell” him, his contract is up.

    We either let him go for free or offer him another contract…..we could offer him another contract and then try to sell him, but he could simply sit on that contract ala colback / saviet / Lazaar.

    Either way, not good

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  • NY Mag

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #54

    Adam,

    I don’t know the exact rules, which is why I asked

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  • NY Mag

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #55

    Uncertain,

    Thanks for the article….will definitely read that one – could be a YouTube rabbit hole moment 🙂

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  • magicmac54

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #56
  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #57

    NY, Magic,

    Gayles contract is up on 30th June. The club should never be offering him a 3 yr deal, it’s just really poor lazy business to do that isn’t it?

    Plenty freebies/loans about who are younger and chomping at the bit to re-ignite their careers.

    And why isn’t Gayle being proactive about what could be his last decent payday, it’s all very odd

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  • Uncertain Toon/World

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #58

    Arteta went with the Smith-Rowe lad and Martin Ødegaard who was on loan when Willock came to the Toon.

    Just read Martin Ødegaard is off back to Real Madrid.

    Does that mean Arteta is happy with Willock?, bit of a worry this like 🙁

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  • magicmac54

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #59

    Uncertain
    Toon/ World

    Please let that not be true that they are going to offer Gayle a 3 year contract, if thats true its an all time low even for Ashley mate.

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  • NY Mag

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #60

    Uncertain,

    I don’t know what we might / might not be offering gayle.

    Currently, he’s second choice (I think he’s only worth third choice)
    A 3 year deal would seem crazy, but since we don’t know the details of the deal then it’s difficult to judge.

    If we’re planning to bring someone in to be challenging Wilson, then keeping gayle for a year (not three) kinda makes sense.

    Everything is speculation at this point….as always, it’s as clear as mud 🙂

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #61

    Any news from the club as to when they will pay up the ticket refunds due on last season ?
    Ashley loves to hang onto the money doesn’t he.

    Not wishing to sound doom laden but the way that covid and the new variants are hanging around is making it highly unlikely that crowds will be back in full at least at the start of the new season. Not withstanding that infections will normally increase in winter months.

    We could see us stuck on 10,000 only per game with tickets depending on ballots. Very difficult then for any club to ask for season ticket money in advance when you aren’t guaranteed access to every game.

    We could end up with pay as you go.

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  • magicmac54

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #63
  • NY Mag

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #64

    Loch,

    I would imagine that until there’s a firm decision from government /PL on next season, there’ll be no club communication 🙁

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #65

    Having watched Gayle against Sheffeld United I have never seen a more inept or disinterested or useless contribution to a football game.

    Any suggestion that he’s to get a new contract for the sort of money per week that is more than a specialist nurse earns in a year is tantamount to theft.

    Charming and Bruce need to go with him when he leaves.

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  • Mund

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #66

    Could have new owners by the end of July!

    Got told that was the earliest possible outcome and that date has been going around for a few days with other media sources.

    Time will tell but it’s coming to it’s conclusion that’s for sure and I’ve always been confident it will go in our favour.

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  • magicmac54

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #67

    Mund

    Thanks very much for sharing that link mate, i hope to God its true, but best keep your powder dry mate as its in the Sun enough said, but like i said in hope its true lad.

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  • Aces-of-Eights

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #68

    Fingers crossed mund and hope we get conte he will guarantee league win if he gets what he asks for

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #69

    Looks like Carrol, Saviet and Atsu are the three named players not on the retained list.

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #70

    Mund and Mac

    The Sun

    A veritable bastion of accurate news reporting, allegedly

    If they’re right I might buy a copy for a change to read about the takeover.
    Football is on page 3 apparently.

    1
  • magicmac54

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #71

    Romfor Mag

    Mr music man where are you hiding, come out of the shadows and show yourself 😀 😀

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  • NY Mag

    Jun 4, 2021 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #72

    Mund,

    Be careful giving out dates (I know you’re just passing on information)

    But….you know how it works on here 🙂

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #73

    Commercial property market in Newcastle is roaring ahead.
    A new 5 Star hotel within the old Fire Station on Pilgrim Street and another around Grey Street/Dean Street as urban regeneration continues.
    That’s music to the Reubens brothers ears so they are going to be part of the future of the City, lets hope the Toon as well.

    Amanda I have Dobbin ready for your processional arrival into SJP.
    Just give me 24 hours notice to have him groomed and fed before we set off.

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  • magicmac54

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #74

    Lochinvar

    Evening Loch lad, please let it be true the sun are printing the truth for once 😀

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #75

    Can’t stop lads as early start in the morning.
    But to set you off for the evening, stay optimistic – The Sun says we’re on our way

    https://youtu.be/Ae829mFAGGE

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  • magicmac54

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #76
  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #77

    Do I genuinely like sub-zero temperatures over here? Absolutely. Even when it gets too cold I just remind myself how much I hate the summer heat. Plus there’s the mosquitoes (which are attracted to me like a magnet and my skin reacts badly to their bites too), the allergies and all the sweating.

    I even take screen shots of my phone with the temperature on it in the summer to look at in the winter whenever I think it’s too cold. Works a treat for me!

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  • lochinvar

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #78

    Hi Mac,
    Sorry I can’t stay to chat but sure there’s other so out there in the ether

    I’ll catch up over the weekend

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  • magicmac54

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #79

    Lochinvar nite nite lad take care mate

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  • Scythe For Bruce

    Jun 4, 2021 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #80

    Also not a big fan of the autumn but only because of all the leaves coming down. We’ve got so many trees on the property, especially at the back, that it takes ages to clean up every year. As you can tell I’m a proper misery guts at the this time of year 🙂

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