Celtic can now totally forget about signing Everton striker Josh King

By David Walton

May 30, 2021

Everton striker Josh King looked like a potential blockbuster transfer Celtic were going to try and pull off in the summer, but we can forget all about it now.

The Scottish Sun reported at the beginning of April that Eddie Howe wanted King to join him at Celtic. It had been said that King was seen as the natural replacement for Odsonne Edouard, who looks set to leave this summer.

This looked optimistic even at the best of times. The report stated that several English clubs were still interested in him, and that he was earning £45k-per-week with Everton. Howe, therefore, had the daunting task of trying to talk King into a substantial wage cut.

But that was the carrot Celtic always held. The fact that we had Howe there – perhaps the only man who could’ve been able to do the trick and talk King into a move. Talk him into forgetting about the EPL money and attempt to rediscover his form with his old Bournemouth manager.

With no goals whatsoever since signing for Everton in January, Howe could’ve revitalised him. King enjoyed the most prolific spell of his career with the Cherries, bagging 72 direct goal contributions in 184 outings [Transfermarkt].

Everton striker Josh King now has no reason to sign for Celtic

We can still argue as to why signing for Celtic would still be a suitable move for King. We provide such an incredible high-profile platform for talents such as the Everton man to reinvigorate their careers if they’re up to the challenge. But good luck trying to convince him of that now.

It was that partnership with Howe that was the main bargaining chip. It was Howe who managed to get the best out of King at any stage of his career. Howe who inspired the Norwegian international into pushing on to the next level. The man who potentially could’ve had him firing on all cylinders once again.

Without that, King likely won’t see it as a similar proposition. It looked optimistic even with Howe potentially on board. However, with Celtic confirming that talks with the first-choice managerial target are now over, so too will be any pursuit of King.

Josh King and Eddie Howe / (Photo by Robin Jones – AFC Bournemouth/AFC Bournemouth via Getty Images)

A decision on the player’s long-term future has still to be confirmed. King is out of contract this summer and there’s likely no reason as to why Everton would even bother considering an extension.

But Premier League interest will still be considerable. Remember, it wasn’t that long ago that he was getting linked with the likes of Man Utd and Tottenham for £20million [The Athletic]. There will be plenty of clubs taking a look at him and believing him to be worth the punt.

So we can cross this one off, just like we can cross nearly absolutely everything off regarding this rebuild. We’re back at square one yet again.

In other news, this Celtic star is reportedly to be watched at Euro 2020 by EPL club.