WATFORD will sign striker Josh King and throw him a lifeline in the Premier League.

The Norwegian striker is a free agent at Everton shortly after leaving Bournemouth after relegation.

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Josh King, 29, is available for free after leaving EvertonPhoto credit: Getty

King is keen to join the new guys and is keeping their budget as he is ready to accept the terms they impose on all signings.

The Hornets have raised free agents and credits to build a roster to stay on top – and they also try to keep salaries reasonable in case they fail.

Watford has already signed former Tottenham left-back Danny Rose (30) on a free transfer.

They also brought in young Scottish striker Dapo Mebude (19) after his release from the Rangers.

The teenager only made one appearance for Steven Gerrard’s team in May 2019, spending the second half of last season on loan with Queen of the South.

And as SunSport revealed, Watford is keen to bring Stoke midfielder Peter Etebo to Vicarage Road.

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One player who could be on the verge of leaving is Will Hughes, who has been linked with Newcastle in a swap deal with Isaac Hayden.

Earlier reports suggested Aston Villa, Celtic and Norwich were all interested in signing King this summer.

The 29-year-old started his career at Manchester United but did not play for the club in the Premier League and spent time on loan at Preston, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hull.

King joined Blackburn in January 2013 before Bournemouth signed him two and a half years later, scoring 48 Premier League goals for the club in 173 appearances.

He joined Everton in January but was sacked at the end of the season after failing to score in his 11 prem games for the Toffees.

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