Everton have secured the signing of Bournemouth forward Josh King on a six-month contract for a nominal fee.
The 29-year-old is without a contract at Vitality Stadium this summer and was first linked with a move from the South Coast long ago than last summer.
West Ham was the main stakeholder at the time and although David Moyes retained his interest in signing the Norwegian, he chose not to bring King to the London Stadium in favor of Jesse Lingard’s arrival at the club on loan from Manchester United in January. It is also believed that the high wage demands may have sabotaged any chance of moving east.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton then appeared alongside Fulham and Southampton as surprise contenders to sign King on deadline day, and after a number of contrasting reports claiming to know where his future lay, it was the Toffees who won the race for his signature.
Indeed, Ancelotti would have been the deciding factor for King, with The Athletic’s David Ornstein reporting that the Italian personally convinced the Norwegian that he was part of his plans.
King now has until the end of the current campaign to convince the Italian and the Toffees hierarchy that he deserves a longer stay in Merseyside.
Earlier today, Cenk Tosun was allowed to leave Merseyside and return home to Besiktas, leaving Everton in dire need of another striking option to ease the goal burden on Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Even though King has failed to find the back of the net for Bournemouth in this season’s league, he has a Premier League past having scored 48 times in the top flight.
Their best season to date came in 2016/17, when their 16 goals were enough to help Bournemouth finish in the Premier League top ten.