Everton have reportedly entered the race for Josh King and are eyeing a last-gasp deal for the Bournemouth frontman. The Norwegian is desperate to seal a return to the Premier League after failing to keep the Cherries afloat last season.
King managed just six goals in 26 league appliances last terms but he carries a proven record in the top flight.
He struck 16 times in the 2016/17 season and managed 12 in 2018/19 under sacked boss Eddie Howe.
The 28-year-old has been stripped of the No 7 at Bournemouth in anticipation for a transfer but his exit is yet to materialise.
Torino have had a bid rejected by the Championship club, while Aston Villa also expressed an interest before signing Ollie Watkins from Brentford.
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Fiorentina and Sevilla also enquired about a potential deal but did not submit an official bid.
According to Football Insider, Everton are now plotting a late swoop.
The decision has been made after Bournemouth reportedly dropped their asking price from £20million to £15m.
Everton are in need of attacking reinforcements after letting Moise Kean (joined Paris Saint-Germain) and Theo Walcott (joined Southampton) leave on loan.
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As it stands, Everton have just two recognised strikers in their first team in the form of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richardson.
King could be the perfect solution for Carlo Ancelotti, who saw King at Goodison Park in a 3-1 win for the Cherries on the final day of last season.
The Toffees are not the only club in contention though with West Ham also still well in the race.
David Moyes saw a £13m bid rejected for King last week and he could still return with an improved offer.
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West Ham are currently focused on finalising a £30m deal for Brentford winger Said Benrahma.
The Algerian was given permission to discuss personal terms with the Irons yesterday upon return from international duty.
Moyes is expected to end his interest in King, should the deal for Benrahma get over the line.
Despite that, Bournemouth’s change of stance could encourage West Ham to put their hands deep into their pockets after getting Jack Wilshere and Felipe Anderson off the books.
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