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According to The Sun, Aston Villa are competing with Everton among other clubs for Bournemouth striker Joshua King.

It has been reported by the British tabloid that Everton want to sign King from Bournemouth in the January transfer window.

However, the Toffees see the Norway international striker as a squad player and are reluctant to pay the £120,000-a-week salary that the 29-year-old is looking for, according to the report, which has added that Everton are cooling their interest.

Villa, Newcastle United and Fulham are also monitoring King and are happy to wait until the summer of 2021 to sign him when he will become a free agent, according to the report.

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Too expensive?

King knows the Premier League well and was described as “brilliant” by former his former Bournemouth teammate Jermain Defoe in TribalFootball in July 2017, but his reported asking salary of £120,000 does sound too much.

Everton could do with a new striker, but if the Toffees see him as a squad player, then paying that kind of salary would not make sense.

Ollie Watkins is doing well for Villa at the moment, and manager Dean Smith does not need to bring in a new striker now, especially one that will cost a transfer fee and will command £120,000 per week.

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