Everton to swoop for Man Utd transfer target Joshua King in bargain swap deal with Bournemouth

EVERTON and Bournemouth are talking about a swap deal for unsettled striker Joshua King.

The Cherries want to get some money for the Norwegian before he quits for nothing at the end of the season.

Bournemouth are also pushing for an exchange deal for the 28-year-old hitman.

The Championship side are keen on Toffees’ young centre-half Jarrad Branthwaite, 18, and right-back Jonjoe Kenny, 23, if either were available and willing to step down to ignite their promotion chase.

Everton have a long-term interest in King but have refused to pay the fee in the past.

They could do with extra cover in attack and would take him if he was interested.

King will have the final say and may yet wait until summer to go for free. Newcastle are set to move for him then.

Toon boss Steve Bruce has been told to cut the spending this month and there is no need to sign King when he can move for nothing in June.

Bournemouth are hoping to cash in on King, who was denied a big-money switch to Manchester United a year ago.

And West Ham, as well as West Brom, have been linked with showing £15million interest in him.


The Hammers need a replacement for Ajax new boy Sebastien Haller.

And boss David Moyes had a £13m bid rejected over the summer.

Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce knows his Baggies side require strengthening all round to have any chance of staying up in their first season back at the top level.

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