Everton ‘cool’ interest in EFL star demanding £120k p/w

Everton are cooling their interest in AFC Bournemouth forward Joshua King due to the player’s high wage demands, according to reports.

King signed for Manchester United when he was just 16 years old. He spent five years at the club between 2008 and 2013 but he failed to make a senior appearance.

The 29-year-old joined Blackburn Rovers on a permanent basis in January 2013 after he initially joined the club on loan. He made 74 appearances for them across three seasons.

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The forward joined Bournemouth ahead of their first season in the Premier League in 2015/16. He proved to be a very consistent performer in the top flight.

He enjoyed his best goalscoring season in 2016/17 as he netted 16 from his 36 league outings. He also scored 12 times in 2018/19 for Eddie Howe’s side.

King was one of Bournemouth’s best players last season as they were relegated back down to the Championship.

The forward came close to rejoining Manchester United in January 2020. But a supposed £25m move fell through on deadline day.

He was also expected to leave the club this past summer, but he remained with the Cherries at the start of the season after they rejected an offer from West Ham.

King’s contract with Bournemouth expires at the end of this campaign. Everton and Newcastle have been among the clubs linked with the attacker.

But The Sun are reporting that Everton are being put off making a move. The report adds that King is asking for around £120k per week.

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