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Everton sign Joshua King from Bournemouth on a short term deal

Everton have finally got some reinforcements for their attack by signing Josh King from championship side Bournemouth.

He has signed for the remainder of the season for £5 million which could be considered a lofty fee for a player whose contract is up in the summer but Everton will have the option to extend that.

The Norwegian striker has had plenty of Premier League experience over the last few years for The Cherries having played 161 games and scoring 48 in the top division.

His best goal scoring season was in the 2016/17 season when he bagged 16 goals in a very impressive campaign but in the Championship he hasn’t been firing.

In 12 appearances he has not scored nor assisted for his side in the league but he has had several injuries as well as Coronavirus which would have disrupted his rhythm.

Not all of his goal scoring ability has disappeared though as King has scored three in two games in the FA Cup and will want to build on that when he gets game time for Everton.

The striker had the choice between relegation threatened Fulham and Everton so in the end it was a easy choice however he will have to fight Dominic Calvert-Lewin for a starting place upfront.

However King is versatile so could easily play on the right or left hand side or Ancelotti could possibly go with two upfront to change things up tactically in different games.

He was a youth product at Manchester United before finding his feet at Bournemouth under Eddie Howe who left after their relegation.

Under Carlo Ancelotti he may be revitalised and start playing his best football, the Italian had missed out on primary target Joshua Zirkee a few days prior as he joined Parma.

The reason why Everton had to wait so late in the window was due to the fact they had to comply with the financial fairly rules hence why Cenk Tosun and Anthony Gordon both left on loan to Besiktas and Preston North End respectively.

This is an important signing for Everton due to the lack of backup they have in attacking areas with no senior striker left on their bench without Tosun.

Now King can be available to shed the workload off Dominic Calvert-Lewin who has not been in great form recently which could be due to not having enough rest.

Bournemouth will be signing Shane Long as their replacement with Southampton signing Takumi Minamino on loan from Liverpool to replace the Irish international.

Therefore meaning that King’s deal set of a chain reaction on deadline day.

Everton supporters will be hoping this signing will bring a reaction for their push for Champions League.

The 29 year old will be relishing the chance to play for one of the most historic teams in England and will need to prove that his poor form this season is due to injury issues which are now in the past.

Ancelotti has got his man, which should only mean good things which the summer deals have showed so far.

The Italian was the deciding factor in the deal as reports claim he convinced King would be a vital part of their plans, Carlo Ancelotti proving his worth yet again for Everton.

Written by Elliot Thompson

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