Recent Celtic target has just been released by Everton

By John McGinley

June 4, 2021

Everton have released a recent Celtic target, Joshua King, from his contract at the club. They have opted not to extend the deal he signed in February.

The former Bournemouth striker signed an initial short-term contract at Goodison Park, with the club holding an option for a further year.

However, the Toffees confirmed today they would not be taking up that option.

A statement said: “Everton can confirm Joshua King, Theo Walcott, Yannick Bolasie and Muhamed Besic will leave the Club when their current contracts expire at the end of the month, while on-loan goalkeeper Robin Olsen will return to his parent club Roma.

“Everton wishes to thank all departing players for their contribution throughout their time at the Club.”

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During the peak hysteria of the Eddie Howe to Celtic chat, King was linked with a move to Glasgow by The Scottish Sun.

It was said the player, who has been earning £45,000-a-week at Everton according to the paper, was being earmarked as a replacement for Odsonne Edouard.

King, who is also a 54-cap Norwegian international, has a decent scoring record in the Premier League. Over the years for Bournemouth, he netted 53 goals in 184 appearances across all competitions. [Transfermarkt]

Joshua King to Celtic still feels unlikely

As we discussed last week, now that Howe to the Bhoys is off, a move for King feels remote. No doubt he’ll have plenty of money-spinning offers on the table this summer.

Strikers at that level are hard to come by and it was always going to take a bit of persuading to get him up to Glasgow.

Joshua King has been linked with Celtic / (Photo by Trond Tandberg/Getty Images)

Still, now he has been officially released, Celtic should still be exploring the opportunity.

Perhaps a move to Scotland and competing for trophies could appeal, especially with the option of European football. He’s spent long enough in the Premier League that he might be looking for a new challenge.

You don’t ask, you don’t get.

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