Early on Monday, there were claims from England that Southampton and Bournemouth were in talks over the potential swap of Josh King and Shane Long.
The Norwegian forward hasn’t exactly been a regular for the Cherries this season, and with West Ham also interested, a Premier League return seemed to be on the cards.
However, it probably won’t be with the Saints, as TV2 claim ‘there is such a great distance in the wage negotiations’ that ‘there will probably be no agreement before the transfer window closes’, thus leaving the door open for other clubs, like aforementioned Hammers and Everton.
The Toffees are another club in need of a striker, but their deadline day has been strangely quiet so far.
TV2 believe ‘things can still happen towards midnight’, with their information stating both ‘Everton and West Ham will still have sensors for King’.
Despite Jason Tindall revealing King had announced he’d stay at the club, it appears desperation could change that, but it remains to be seen whether David Moyes or Carlo Ancelotti manage to convince him that a move to London or Merseyside is what’s best for him.
Thanks to @RonnyS0L for the heads up.