With Moise Kean having left on a season-long loan with Paris Saint-Germain and Cenk Tosun weeks away from being ready to resume action, the Toffees have been linked with a move for King.
Deals can still be done between Championship and Premier League clubs and King is reported to be on the target list of everyone from Torino to Tottenham and Aston Villa to West Bromwich Albion.
The Baggies are reported by MailSport to have opened talks with Bournemouth over the Norwegian international but could struggle to come up with the full £10m needed to sign him.
Previous reports had said that the south coast club would accept staggered payments in an effort to get King off their wage bill but that remains to be seen.
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1 Posted 08/10/2020 at 06:27:48
We also have other options but it will mean trusting Under-23s to step up if 2 are injured which he'll be reluctant to do. We haven't even talked about the possibility of a Covid-19 infection happening in our camp which, with travel of players this week has to be more of a possibility than in the first four weeks of the season to date.
2 Posted 08/10/2020 at 07:22:49
3 Posted 08/10/2020 at 08:44:18
It's been reported that the club would sign a striker if one "came up" but didn't see it as a necessity because of the flexibility, position-wise, of the first-team squad, Cenk Tosun (when he's fit) and possible cover from the U23s, until the January transfer window.
4 Posted 08/10/2020 at 08:45:17
5 Posted 08/10/2020 at 09:02:31
6 Posted 08/10/2020 at 10:08:21
7 Posted 08/10/2020 at 10:12:08
I'd love Sarr but he's gonna cost £40m plus and I'm not sure we even want to spend £10m on Josh King.
I suspect there may be no more until we can shift Bolasie, Besic etc.
Maybe a loan? Or dare I say it someone like Danny Welbeck on a pay when you play contract?
8 Posted 08/10/2020 at 10:23:06
If someone comes in, I expect it will be a loan deal for the next 9 months only. We could be possibly looking at signing Milik on a free, with a January precontact agreement, depending on his wage demands.
I like your right midfielder call. A player(s) plus cash deal for Buendia would add something. It would give back-up to James Rodriguez and allow us to use James intelligently and help keep him at 100%.
I can't see it happening though.
9 Posted 08/10/2020 at 10:29:46
10 Posted 08/10/2020 at 10:35:22
I know it's very early days, yet but this does have a Leicester déjà vu feel about it and as it stands if we can keep our noses in front, even if they are scrappy 1-0 wins no-one can catch us.
Furthermore, from what I have seen thus far, again early days, but I think there are a few teams who can do us favours along the way, by taking points off possible rivals.
I think it could be a risky strategy to continue with what we have, as good as it is, like many have said the inevitable injury, in more than one position, could weaken us, especially up front.
11 Posted 08/10/2020 at 10:44:12
12 Posted 08/10/2020 at 10:56:39
Bolasie has no impact on current squad numbers. He hasn't kicked a ball in anger for the club in 3 years. He's just a number on a spreadsheet now which is why he needs to be shipped out.
13 Posted 08/10/2020 at 11:01:19
14 Posted 08/10/2020 at 11:12:09
15 Posted 08/10/2020 at 11:24:26
16 Posted 08/10/2020 at 11:31:39
Some of the most successful times up the old East Lancs Road were when they had a excess of strikers. One or two injuries and we might struggle in that department.
I suspect there is a plan: they feel one of the youngsters already at the club is almost ready to step up; there is a view that Tosun could be back; or they have a transfer target already in the bag.
Reading Richarlison's comments between the lines, he is off at the end of this season if we don't get Champions League football.
17 Posted 08/10/2020 at 11:44:07
18 Posted 08/10/2020 at 11:46:58
19 Posted 08/10/2020 at 12:02:49
Also, it's worth bearing in mind that the next window is only about 12 weeks away which means seeing we have no European games means we will only play about 12 games till the next window. So I guess Carlo and Brands will wait till then and see if we need any additions.
I would hope that we can still shift some of the surplus-to-requirements players to EFL clubs before the window closes.
20 Posted 08/10/2020 at 12:06:28
Calvert-Lewin doesn't seem to be getting injured or hit a bad run anytime soon, and don't forget Kean is still an Everton player (like Tosun).
So, all in all, we should stick to what we have, give Tosun a few chances as cover, and we will be fine without another Sandro or Bolasie, in the form of King or Deeney.
21 Posted 08/10/2020 at 12:11:52
I expect a flurry of activity on the deadline day again. Sarr and King will move then. I hope it is us who land King. I think it would be reckless of us to go to January without a replacement for Moise Kean.
22 Posted 08/10/2020 at 12:22:47
If Calvert-Lewin is injured then Richarlison would step in leaving us with a wide man issue. I'd personally take the risk and get in a right-midfielder instead of a striker, Tosun is coming back after all.
23 Posted 08/10/2020 at 12:25:23
King reminds me of Marcus Bent.
24 Posted 08/10/2020 at 12:41:34
I concede that when Cenk Tosun comes back, and he has made a full recovery, we will have this option from the bench. The problem for me though, is there's no guarantee he will make a full recovery and I doubt we will see him ready for first-team action this side of Christmas.
Josh King is not a target man. He played off Callum Wilson. But he can play as a lone striker. He is also adept as a wide forward. This means he can be the perfect sub from the bench as he is able to slot in anywhere in the front 3 of a 4-3-3. I don't think he is top 4 quality. But for £10M and on relatively low wages with Bournemouth, I think we need to bring him in.
25 Posted 08/10/2020 at 13:47:28
He will not to be going anywhere else if we are interested and I am sure he would walk from Bournemouth to Everton to sign for us. We will of course find out if we have any interest in the next week.
Personally I think he would be an excellent addition.
26 Posted 08/10/2020 at 14:08:48
27 Posted 08/10/2020 at 14:12:47
He's a good, versatile striker IMO. Very physical, fast, good technically and decent in the air. Much more similar to Calvert-Lewin than Marcus Bent I think. And, he's scored 50 in 168 matches for Bournemouth, all of but two of those goals in the Premier League. That's not at all bad.
He's also got 17 goals in 48 matches for Norway, which is even more impressive considering how shit Norway has been for a good while now.
28 Posted 08/10/2020 at 14:50:39
Don't get me wrong, I'm a massive Calvert-Lewin fan but he's still learning and improving.
King is ready-made replacement for Richarlison or Calvert-Lewin and can play on the right.
For £10M and sensible wages, it's a no-brainer.
29 Posted 08/10/2020 at 14:53:36
30 Posted 08/10/2020 at 14:58:00
If not, King would be ideal. He's a decent player, as good as Wilson in my view, but more flexible and given what the latter fetched, £10m is almost a steal. Maybe the idea is to play it quietly and see how desperate Bournemouth get.
We can't count on Tosun returning at 100% any time soon and even if he did, I don't rate his 100% much. Granted it's a bit of an insurance policy but now that Kean has gone, it's one we need and in the here and now, I'd regard King as a decent upgrade on Kean anyway, even if the ceiling for the latter is conceivably higher.
31 Posted 08/10/2020 at 15:15:08
Might just appeal, that's if we want him.
32 Posted 08/10/2020 at 15:55:50
Tosun would require a change of style and formation to make him useful. His lack of pace, energy and all round game doesn't fit, he's a good finisher, that's it.
Simms is not ready.
I'm all in favour of loan to buy, but it has to be agreeable by all. If King left Bournemouth I don't think either would want a quick return. He's outgrown them and I'm guessing both want different paths.
He'd improve us but he would improve most teams. I'm surprised other top 4 teams haven't made a move.
33 Posted 08/10/2020 at 16:00:51
Whoever is in charge of Cazoo's football marketing program has got to be the most popular employee in the company right now. Definitely on the CEO track.
34 Posted 08/10/2020 at 16:23:45
I'd purchase King, rather than loan him. He's 28 so we could get a couple of years out of him before selling him. It allows us to then really see how good Calvert-Lewin can become.
If he falls short, once this cycle of form comes to an end, then we can look to recruit a world class striker (assuming we are still flying high), if Calvert-Lewin kicks on even further, then we can see where 19-year-old Ellis Simms is up to, or even 18-year-old Lewis Dobbin. The latter would be 20 years of age, and I fully expect him to have smashed (as opposed to have broken) through into the first team by then.
35 Posted 08/10/2020 at 18:00:46
36 Posted 08/10/2020 at 18:44:19
Maybe with a bit of research, they discovered that the most played fixture in the top flight is between Aston Villa & Everton, so they figured they were 2 good clubs to sponsor.
Unless they were just the two clubs that happened to be looking for a new sponsor at the right time.
37 Posted 08/10/2020 at 18:54:00
"His wages would be small." It was reported that Watford let him go on a free because they couldn't afford his £100k a week wages after being relegated. If we got him on some kind of month to month deal at £30k a week, then maybe but his injury record is terrible for anything longer than six months or close to six figures.
38 Posted 08/10/2020 at 18:55:58
39 Posted 08/10/2020 at 19:11:31
As has been said, he doesn't improve our first team. But he does improve the options we have from the bench and the depth of the squad.
Having said that, the same applies to Danny Welbeck. When fit, he has been a good player for England as well as at club level. Either of these would give us back up on a short term basis with very little need for any large output or long contract. If they leave in May or stay on this time, it will be on our terms.
We already have the options that give us width in Bernard and Gordon. Nkounkou is also a possibility in that role. I believe that Besic and Bolasie will be gone by Friday, unless either or both have been on the Gareth Bale 'How to be a Footballer' course. But, if we don't sign anyone, I won't be panicking. I've seen enough already to believe we will be okay with what we have.
40 Posted 08/10/2020 at 19:20:09
41 Posted 08/10/2020 at 19:21:52
I was thinking about the position Dries Mertens plays for Napoli. We nearly signed him under Moyes as a promising midfielder. He's been moved into a striker role and flourished – because a team was set up to use his movement and technical skills.
Gordon could play that sort of role, false 9-ish, I expect. And with clever players like James, Sigurdsson and Bernard around, there would goals. So I expect we'll be okay.
42 Posted 08/10/2020 at 19:29:15
43 Posted 08/10/2020 at 21:48:34
Remember what Wayne Clarke done for Everton. It's better to prepare and plan for injuries and, whilst we have some options within the current squad, for a reasonable fee, it would make good sense to get Josh King.
But I've a hunch a fully fit Tosun could be a useful impact player as he'd be getting better service in the box from the new midfield.
Hopefully no injuries for players in the internationals and then for the derby. Let's see which officials are allocated.
44 Posted 08/10/2020 at 22:11:35
King occasionally plays wide for Norway. Playing wide today to make room for Haaland and Soerloth up front. Unfortunately without much luck.
45 Posted 09/10/2020 at 08:36:11
Dangerous player, made more dangerous with the right group of players.
46 Posted 09/10/2020 at 08:36:15
If Ancelotti really saw Simms as back-up, then I would have thought we would have seen him in the pitch in the early Carabao games.
For me, it all adds up to:
1. We need to bring in a back-up striker.
2. Carlo wants to bring in a back-up striker.
47 Posted 09/10/2020 at 10:39:00
With all that has happened since its easy to forget, but David Moyes took Everton in to the champions League qualifying round with Marcus Bent as a main Striker.
I like King, always plays well against us. But will he ever play?
48 Posted 09/10/2020 at 10:44:51
It could be that we will have make do and hope for the best for 2/3 months, then get someone in on a 6-month loan in January when there will be more options.
What does anyone think of Iwobi playing through the centre in Calvert-Lewin's role as an emergency, stop gap back up if needed. Or to take some strain off Calvert-Lewin and be brought on for the last 20-30 mins if we are cruising? He a strong lad, we've paid big money for him, he's got some talent and needs to earn his corn somehow. If he could do a back-up job there he could save the club a good few million.
I'm not talking permanently but if needed and until January this could be some sort of solution.
49 Posted 09/10/2020 at 13:30:45
Whilst King may be a candidate, he is not under the radar sufficiently for me for the involvement of Ancelotti and Brands. I expect more a Godfrey-style transfer or loan. I think they have a few candidates in mind, but we won't know anything till the last minute.
Maybe Simms or an Under-23 backup is the preferred option.
50 Posted 10/10/2020 at 09:28:41
Think about it.
He was once the best playmaker in the league. He was dubbed the "Liam Brady" of the 21st Century when he played at Arsenal.
At Everton he could be nurtured back to his previous best and serve as a like for like backup to James.
And we could get him for free just like James.
He's not going to be our main central force but he can come in very handy when the injury bug starts to hit us.
What do you say?
51 Posted 10/10/2020 at 11:16:42
52 Posted 11/10/2020 at 04:45:39
He is not that rapid and hardly prolific and, by comparison, Sigurdsson is a much better goalscorer in a good season.
We must be able to do better.
53 Posted 12/10/2020 at 10:43:23
Could clear the path for us to buy King but rumour is that Bournemouth want £15m and he wants 85k p/w. Not sure how much sense it makes at those numbers.
I think he'd definitely bring something but part of me we wants to give more game time to Iwobi, Gordon and Simms.
54 Posted 12/10/2020 at 12:48:44
It looks like King is going somewhere and I really rate him, always a handful against us and I hope we sign him as I think he will be a steal compared with prices quoted in the past.
I cannot see Carlo and Marcel not having a back-up striker as cover. Although I like Tosun, it's a hard ask for him after his injury and who knows if he will be able to withstand the rigours of the Premier League.
55 Posted 12/10/2020 at 13:17:28
56 Posted 12/10/2020 at 15:36:42
Or is it a daft suggestion ??
57 Posted 12/10/2020 at 16:01:10
58 Posted 12/10/2020 at 16:06:57
59 Posted 12/10/2020 at 16:17:39
Josh King got 12 that season (in less games) and 16 two seasons before that. He's got a fair few more goals than Gylfi over the last 4 years in the PL.
Though I'm not mad on him his goal return is pretty decent for someone who usually plays wide. He'd be a good backup option for us. Though I'd be equally happy to see Gordon get more game time. Not sure who plays upfront though if Richie and DCL are missing?
60 Posted 12/10/2020 at 16:27:46
I recall always worrying when he was on the pitch playing against us
He can certainly strike a ball.
61 Posted 12/10/2020 at 16:47:13
62 Posted 12/10/2020 at 16:53:14
63 Posted 12/10/2020 at 19:45:30
64 Posted 12/10/2020 at 20:06:42
65 Posted 12/10/2020 at 22:22:53
66 Posted 14/10/2020 at 23:00:18
Then today, theres a load of paper talk, particularly in the echo, about Ellis Simms and how he has to copy Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin and will learn loads from his promotion to first team training.
Now, I know the “red” Echo is not popular with all here, but they are still the “friendly” local rag with full time journos working just on covering us. If we dont intend to sign King and we really do have faith in Simms, then youd use the echo with a story like this to get us fans ready for the let down of not signing King.
With the terrible u23 coverage, its hard for me to see where Ellis is at this season, but wed all trust in Brands judgement here, If he does really think Simms can make it and provide backup to DCL this season.
I may be reading far too much into this, it was just the timing of these Simms stories, reporter across multiple platforms and it seems purposeful like we are trying to soften the blow.
67 Posted 15/10/2020 at 05:43:39
King is decent, but we're better than that.
We'd be awarding a 3-year deal to someone who we only really need for about 10 weeks when the Jan window opens.
As much as we're building for now, I don't think we should be signing anyone other than top-class first-teamers or top-class potential.
68 Posted 15/10/2020 at 10:57:52
Steve could well be right about Simms being emergency backup, even if it is a temporary fix.
A last-minute signing I think would be very useful would be a player(s) plus cash deal for Buendia. I think he would be excellent cover for James, to relieve him from fatigue and fill in when he has a niggle or needs to recover from injury. Buendia can also cover across the midfield. Can't see it happening though, but I think he would be a more useful squad member and give us more strength in depth than a few of our other fringe players.
69 Posted 15/10/2020 at 11:20:50
King has been at Bournemouth for several years and nobody seems that keen on a transfer. Who else is in the frame now, West Ham etc... says it all!
70 Posted 15/10/2020 at 11:57:01
So I think a move for King is highly unlikely given that the next window opens in 10 weeks, and although the January window has been viewed as not the best time to buy players, by then we will have a clearer picture as to where we are in the league.
So I think Carlo will wait till January before making another purchase.
71 Posted 15/10/2020 at 12:54:50
A little bird told me a few weeks before we signed the Magnificent Three that we were hopeful of getting them in, and also that Carlo wanted this chap, so we will have to wait and see. I've got a feeling though that we will try and get him but he may go elsewhere for more guaranteed starts.
72 Posted 15/10/2020 at 13:21:38
Now, this is not his position. But he wants space to run into. In the central role, he is unlikely to get that. But cutting in from a wider, and slightly deeper position, like Richarlison does, he is likely to find that space. He can then use his pace and power to do what he does best and find the back of the net.
In a central role, he would be back to goal, and his link up play and his hold up play are the parts of his game that needed the most work. Not seen enough of him in recent months to see if he has developed this.
Simms, does have flaws, but his biggest strength, more so than his pace and strength, is his ability to overcome those flaws and adjust to each step up and keep scoring goals. I have every faith that he will either develop that part of his game to acceptable levels, or that he will find his feet enough that he can keep being prolific in front of goal, even at the highest level.
73 Posted 15/10/2020 at 13:31:15
Do you think he's ready to come into this high-pressure situation and take over one of these key slots? If so, great. I had no idea he was such a prospect.
74 Posted 15/10/2020 at 14:03:10
I don't think we want to lumber ourselves with any more short-term fixes but long-term problems. I mean that the likes of Bolasie, and that Bosnian lad (whose name's just shot right out of my ancient bonce!) who are both taking wages that are basically a drain on the club.
Perhaps we may go in for someone on loan until the end of the season, or if he's good enough, for next season as well.
Even if Tosun comes back fit, I think he will be quite an expensive gamble, as we will need someone who has speed, and unfortunately, Tosun doesn't.
75 Posted 16/10/2020 at 14:02:26
76 Posted 16/10/2020 at 19:54:15
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