Thursday, 3 March 2011

Everton's £6m chase for King begins

On his way? King celebrates scoring
Everton have been linked with a move for Andy King that could be worth £6 million (give or take a Yakubu) to Sven Goran Eriksson's Leicester City.

The young Welshman's star has risen since joining the Foxes' academy from Chelsea as a schoolboy in 2004 and now he plies his trade at the heart of the Leicester midfield. King's record for the East Midlands outfit is outstanding.

In his first full season as a senior professional at the club, he scored nine goals from midfield to aid his side gain promotion back to the Championship, earning the club's Young Player of the Year Award in the process. Last season the 22-year-old shared the Players' Player of the Year Award with defender Jack Hobbs, whilst to date he has netted a staggering fifteen times this season.

King is certainly a red-hot prospect - at 22 he is not yet a polished diamond, but still a rough stone - and would be sorely missed should David Moyes or anyone else decide to tempt him away from his adopted home town.

Everton would be a good side for King to join - Moyes has a sound record of nurturing Championship talent into Premier League stars and his style of play would suit him - but the talent of the Welshman is surely such that he could command a place at the heart of one of England's biggest clubs. Who knows, perhaps a two-figure offer from a Chelsea or a Manchester United could be in the reckoning?

For now, however, he remains a crucial part of a midfield threesome that must stay strong to aid Eriksson achieve his ambitions of taking Leicester City back to the Premier League, back to where they - and Andy King - belong.
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