Sunday, July 5, 2020

Everton complete Kone deal

Everton have completed the signing of Ivory Coast international Arouna Kone from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee, Sky Sports understands.

The striker, who becomes Roberto Martinez’s first new signing since he himself arrived from Wigan last month, has put pen to paper on a three year deal at Goodison Park having passed a medical over the weekend.

The 29 year old scored eleven goals in thirty-four league appearances last season, though he was unable to save the Latics from relegation to the Championship.

He also scored twice on the clubs route to Wembley, where they lifted the FA Cup after beating Manchester City in the final.

Newcastle United had also matched the players release clause, though he opted to again link up with Martinez, who brought him to England twelve months ago having helped fire Spanish side Levante to European qualification.

Having begun his career with hometown club Rio Sport, Kone secured a move to Europe with Belgian side Lierse in 2002.

He then enjoyed success in the Netherlands, firstly with Roda JC and then PSV, where he won back to back Eredivise titles before moving to Spain with Sevilla in 2007.

He played eight games on loan for Hannover in 2010, before returning to La Liga, eventually moving to Levante in 2011.


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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