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Kone keen on Palace switch

Wigan forward Arouna Kone says he does not intend to play in the Championship and that a move to Crystal Palace would interest him.

Kone, 29, was Wigan’s star man last season despite their relegation from the Premier Leagu, as he scored 13 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions.

The Ivory Coast international helped Wigan to their FA Cup success, but is not keen on hanging around at the DW Stadium to experience life in the second tier.

With Wigan’s former manager Roberto Martinez having left for Everton, Kone has been linked with a switch to Goodison Park, but the Ivorian also said he was keen on a move to newly-promoted Crystal Palace.

Kone, who says he has been the subject of several enquiries, wants the offer to be right for Wigan, though.

Kone told The Sun: “You always have ambitions as a footballer, and I don’t intend to play in the English second division.

“Wigan have gone down, which is a real shame. It’s up to them to set out their stance about my situation. I aim to play for one of the best clubs in England, and I hope I will get the chance.

“I’ve had plenty of approaches. I can’t reveal the names of the clubs.

“But Crystal Palace have gone up, and from the moment a club is in the Premier League that is good for me.

“I’m under contract with Wigan for two more years. But if there is an offer that is good for both me and Wigan I will seek to leave.”

Sun 23 June, 2013
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