CHERRIES and Everton are “talking about a swap deal” involving striker Joshua King, according to The Sun.

The newspaper claims the Toffees have had a long-term interest in King but have refused to pay the fee for the Norwegian in the past.

King, who has six months left on his current deal at Vitality Stadium, scored twice in Jason Tindall’s side’s 4-1 win over Oldham in the FA Cup on Saturday.

His previous goal before that came at Everton on the final day of last season.

The Sun report Cherries would be interested in Toffees’ centre-half Jarrad Branthwaite and right-back Jonjoe Kenny, if either were available.

Branthwaite’s only appearance for the Blues came against Salford in the Carabao Cup this season, while Kenny has played seven times in all competitions.

Speaking about King after Saturday’s victory over the Latics, boss Tindall said: “The speculation has been there the last few days and Kingy played today, he was eager to play, wanted to play and he’s played and scored two goals.

"I don’t think it’s affecting him too much. I think throughout my time at the football club there’s always been speculation on many players in every transfer window.

"That’s just the way it is, that’s the way it will always be no doubt and we can’t deal with speculation, we can only deal with facts and what happens. Until someone tells me otherwise, Josh King is a Bournemouth player and I’m grateful and thankful for that.

"It might’ve put another £5million on his price tag!”