When it was announced a few days ago that Josh King would not be offered a new deal by Everton, the forward became an interesting proposition for Newcastle United. He’s been a reported target for years and fits our profile this summer as he’ll be a free agent next month.
The Northern Echo is reporting that the Norwegian has jumped to the top of our wishlist with talks expected to happen within the next few weeks. NUFC head of recruitment Steve Nickson has close ties with King’s representatives, the ROGON agency, who also represents Joelinton. The group has had a number of targets linked to Newcastle over the years.
The 29-year-old will have plenty of offers despite coming off a subpar year with Bournemouth in the Championship and then with Everton for the second half of this season. He managed just 11 substitute appearances during his brief spell at Goodison Park.
Newcastle could call on our contingent of former-Cherries to persuade King to come to Tyneside. It may prove to be an enticing proposition to link up with Matt Ritchie, Ryan Fraser, and Callum Wilson once again.
Steve Bruce will be looking to add another forward and King definitely fits the profile. He’s got bags of Premier League experience, is versatile, and most importantly won’t cost a fee. Though he’ll probably end up one of our top wage earners with so many other clubs likely vying for his signature.
The report by Scott Wilson backs earlier claims that Newcastle will soon be announcing a new three-year deal for Dwight Gayle. However, suitable offers for the 31-year-old will be entertained in the hopes of raising the summer budget.
Andy Carroll’s second stint at his hometown club will also come to an end this month. Carroll managed just one goal, albeit a terrific one against Leicester, over the past two seasons. Despite avoiding the major injuries that have plagued his career, he was handed just 580 minutes of football this past season.
Carroll’s departure will open up a place for King, who would suit our counter-attacking system beautifully. This signing seems like a really good possibility and a solution to some glaring recruitment issues this summer.