Unless there’s a takeover, it could be a very quiet summer for Newcastle United.
With an owner who wants out and the financial implications of COVID, money is tight at St James’ Park.
That means whoever is in charge will have to rely on loan deals and free agents if they want to make any signings.
According to the Athletic, Newcastle have already identified soon-to-be free agents that they could sign before next season.
With that in mind, the Magpies should reignite their interest in former target Josh King.
Could King join Wilson and Fraser at Newcastle?
The forward suffered relegation with Bournemouth last season, but returned to the Premier League with Everton on deadline day.
King agreed a deal until the end of the season with the Toffees, but is yet to have an impact at Goodison Park.
As it stands, the 29-year-old will become a free agent this summer. The Athletic report that King wants to remain with Everton, but other clubs are monitoring his situation.
Hopefully Newcastle are one of them. If they aren’t, they should be.
It’s been clear all season that Newcastle need better options in attack. If it wasn’t for Callum Wilson, we’d be even worse off than we already are.
We need more depth in the final third next season, and King would be a perfect addition if we can remain in the Premier League.
The Norwegian international is versatile, capable of playing out wide, just behind the striker or as an out-and-out forward.
King spent five years in the Premier League with Bournemouth, scoring 48 goals in 161 appearances.
He would certainly fit in at St James’ Park, where he could reunite with former teammates Wilson and Ryan Fraser.
The pair signed for Newcastle last summer, and King reportedly could have joined them. Back in August 2020, the Telegraph reported that Steve Bruce was keen to add King to his squad.
That didn’t happen, as he remained in the Championship until his winter deadline day move to Everton.
And if Carlo Ancelotti decides against keeping King at Goodison, we could certainly do a lot worse than adding him to our squad.