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Insider lifts lid on David Moyes reaction to news Everton striker Joshua King will be available on a free in the summer

West Ham United boss David Moyes is looking to sign at least one, if not two, strikers this summer.

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The Hammers were desperate to sign a forward to replace Sebastien Haller in January.

One of West Ham’s reported targets was Joshua King who ended up signing for European place rivals Everton instead.

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Moyes had a £13 million bid for King turned down back in October (The Sun). That was seen as substantial given the forward’s contract is up this summer.

The Norwegian barely kicked a ball for Bournemouth since and signed for Everton on loan for the rest of the season in January instead.

But it has been a similar story at Everton for King with excellent duo Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison keeping him on the bench.

With King’s Bournemouth contract coming to an end, the striker will soon be available on a free.

And that has led to speculation over whether West Ham might try again for him or indeed Everton will keep hold of him.

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West Ham insider lifts lid on Moyes reaction to King’s availability in the summer with Everton release likely

Now insiders Claret & Hugh – who have direct links to West Ham’s co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold – claim King could be available after his inauspicious spell with the Toffees.

But Claret & Hugh say Moyes has no plans to revisit his interest in the striker, even on a free.

“King was forced to settle for a loan deal with Everton but now looks unlikely to extend his stay after failing to impress,” Claret & Hugh states.

“He has yet to score or make a start at the club and reports are that manager Carlo Ancelotti will allow him to move on agreeing a deal until the end of the season with an option to extend it.

“King has failed to impress Ancelotti and he now looks likely to become a free agent this summer (Claret & Hugh).

“However, David Moyes seems set to pass on the services of King on a free transfer who has now turned his attention to other younger and talented targets.”

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Watch this space because West Ham need two strikers and may only be able to afford one

King turns 30 next season and has only ever had two strong Premier League campaigns, scoring 16 and 12 goals in 2016/17 and 2018/19 respectively.

So it is perhaps not a massive surprise Moyes looks set to pass on bringing the Everton forward to West Ham.

Watch this space, though.

If Everton do decide not to keep King, West Ham may revisit the situation given Moyes is looking for two strikers this summer.

The reality is Moyes can probably only afford one quality forward. Particularly given West Ham also need to strengthen in central midfield.

So having the option to bring King in on a free – especially if West Ham have extra games in Europe – may be more attractive than it seems right now.

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