Newcastle Reported In For Wigan Striker – Fee Agreed


News is coming through that Newcastle United have made a late entry into the race to sign Wigan Athletic striker Arouna Kone.

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Arouna Kone – Newcastle interested

It had seemed that Kone would be rejoining his former manager Roberto Martinez at Everton, but maybe with the selling of James Perch to Wigan in the last few days, the Magpies inquired about the 29 year-old Ivory Coast International.

The news is that Newcastle are willing to pay the Latics £5M for Kone, and Newcastle have been given permission to talk to the player – and this could be an alternative to signing Darren Bent from Aston Villa.

Wigan must have accepted the £5M bid made by the Magpies.

Wigan owner Dave Whelan has welcomed Newcastle into the race at the eleventh hour, and it’s now based on what terms Newcastle and Everton can offer the player, and which club he wants to join.

Kone has been linked with Everton for a while, and he was expected to sign by now – but that hasn’t happened, for whatever reason.

Kone was a success in his first season in the Premier League, and he has also been linked with Norwich and Swansea City, and with Premier League experience he fits the type of player wanted by Alan Pardew this summer.

Newcastle are late into the chase for this striker, and the chances of signing Kone must be slim.

Kone joined Wigan last season from Sevilla, after being on loan for the previous season at Spanish club Levante, and in 38 games he scored 13 goals for the relegated club last season.

The 5’11” striker is right footed, and he turns 30 in November, and Kone has played 39 times for the Ivory Coast with 9 goals, since making his debut back in 2004, and he has previously played at PSV, Sevilla and Hanover.

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217 comments so far

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost, from Previous.
    Who is reporting that he returns tomorrow? One local rag said he was back 3 weeks ago, the other rag said last week. The players were back yesterday, I know they are just doing fitness tests but surely it would be sensible for him to be around to speak to them at the same time.

    As the players come in in batches over 2 days, he could have been there to chat to each individually about what he is expecting from them and where they will feature in the squad if they achieve the targets he sets in pre season.

    Or does that just sound to sensible for this club?

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  • Wandering Geordie

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Why? Oh Why? The player has no great scoring record.We are lowering the bar .

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    think he is Everton bound!

    …that is either made up news or the club is trying to make it look like it cares!!!

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Rather him than Bent if Im honest , at least he has pace

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Rainrix,

    Bent should be happy with competing for places going off his current form. If he thinks he can walk into a Premier League first 11 he’s mad.

    I bet we are his best option, Fulham may pay a bit more though in wages? What’s there wage structure like?

    Mind, no more than a 3rd striker for me. If this is our replacement for Ba i’d be shouting from the rooftops.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Sports Direct news is running this as an exclusive. Hmm

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #7

    On Kone, if it is between us and his former boss, then I think we might as well look at other targets. Plus, Sports Direct broke this story, no actual confirmation. Other than Dave Whelan saying bids from several clubs had been accepted a few days ago.

    As a third choice, okay, but why would he come here to sit on a bench? Not an inspiring signing by any stretch of the imagination. His career record is marginally better than Shola’s. With him averaging a goal every 251 minutes to Shola’s goal every 276…

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #8

    Toon-Prodigy…yeah and we are getting Rooney as well 😉

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  • GloucesterGeordie

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Hi guys long time reader, first post!!

    Just wondering with all the suggestions going round with PSG being interested in Cabaye, would you be happy if we did a swap.. possibly plus cash deal for Gameiro??

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #10

    Sports direct news did also run the story that we are interested in Rooney

    Must be Ashley with another PR stunt to play with our emotions . He is such a c**t

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  • martoon

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #11

    I always get the impression he is one of those strikers who needs quite a few chances before he scores one. Which is no good in our team as we only create a few chances each game 🙂

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  • posada

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #12

    All this manic debate about signings just sums up how crazy the situation is. How can we attract top players with such a poor manager. Even the owner has no faith in him, hence the appointment of JFK.
    If you are a top player you will look at the manager. Swansea have a very good one, who gets them to play great football.
    We only get the second raters, who put wages at the top of their agenda.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #13
  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Jesper,

    Lets just round up all 29 yr olds and choose one 😉

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #15

    Kone?

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Bring back Bellamy all is forgotten

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #17

    TP,
    I think you are being sarcastic, but I’d have Bellers back over Kone or Bent.

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  • oldbobaycliffe

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #18

    it has been said that kinnear wanted to sign a player before friday and before he goes on his holidays,but is this just a panic buy because why wasn,t he signed when perch was signed by wigan,surely we need a 20 goals a season cf why not try for demba ba back on loan better than kone and bent

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  • RooneyToons

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #19

    Sounds like bull to me… He’s a decent player but 29 I doubt it.
    I doubt we’ll have a clue until the deals done.
    I’d like to think that the club won’t make the same mistake as they did with Remy

    Chill out guys let’s be more positive we’ve got a great starting line up, no Europa this year and a couple of good signings and we could hit the heights of 2 years ago.

    Im actually excited

    BRING IT ON

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  • JDdubai

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Been here before, last minute bid on someone who is guaranteed to want to go elsewhere, desperate attempt when everyone knew weeks ago he was likely to leave but we did nothing about it. If he really was someone we wanted we would/should have been in then for him. Bryan Ruiz all over again…

    All crap really.

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  • rainrix

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #21

    Prodigy…. I’ve just always had the impression bents a bit of a Tw@t, and probably thinks he can walk into any team. Of course thats probably unfair and unfounded 🙂

    I think PEA was suppose to be the ba replacement and bent 3rd choice/shola replacement. Honestly the drop in quality from PEA to bent makes me think he is simply a 3rd choice. Hopefully that means carr is scouring for a top striker still. At least that’s what i hope. Wouldn’t be surprised if bent is our new star striker and captain 🙂

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #22

    Lilongwe

    You thought right mate. But, I too would have him back over Bent or Kone.

    Bedtime for me fella’s.

    Have fun 😉

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  • Jammy-D

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #23

    RooneyToons

    😀 I want some of what your smoking!! 😛

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #24

    Rainrix,

    I certaintly hope so! Im totally underwelmed by these targets.

    There is absolutely no need to be penny pinching for a top striker at the moment. Everyone has money in the Premier and we know what happens if you don’t get it right or stand still.

    We will see..

    Speak soon 😉

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  • ToonDanno

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #25

    Hahahahaha where you get this rubbish from. Don’t worry guys not true

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  • RooneyToons

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #26

    Jammy-D

    It’ll cost you 😉

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  • Dondatta13

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #27

    Repost…

    Remy…

    Alot of people saying “Put a clause into his contract, that if he’s convicted of rape…blah blah blah”…

    Do you think for one second his head will be in the right frame of mind to play football once his case goes to court?

    He will be splashed all over the media, left right and centre, for a very serious accusation.

    My second point is…

    Have we really become so morally bankrupt, that we would clammer for a player who has been accused of such a thing?

    I know he’s innocent before being proved otherwise in a court of law but we should stay well clear imho!

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  • Jamiemac

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #28

    Pretty happy with this

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  • Dondatta13

    Jul 4, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #29

    On Haris Vuckic…

    The lad has skills but his body breaks down…

    I say we keep him until such time his football lets him down and not his body.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #30

    So the age structure will be broken now will it?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 4, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #31

    Toon-Prodigy…okay here we go; 29 year old forwards with EPL experience (29 year old more or less 😉 ):

    1. Bent
    2. Kone
    3. Rooney
    4. Adebayor
    5. Jones
    7. Rodallega
    8. Agbonlahor (is he 29ish?)

    *God that looks dreadful 🙁

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 4, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #32

    Internacional striker Leandro Damiao’s
    agent says he is in talks with a club, with
    reports in Brazil claiming that the team is
    Southampton.

    an we are so poor we want 4mil strikers

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  • Jammy-D

    Jul 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #33

    RooneyToons

    More than the heart ache of being a fan of this beloved club?

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 4, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #34

    Bloody hell cannot believe it
    GO GET HIM scares the Sh•t out of opposition with his pace and strength

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Jul 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #35

    I don’t post on here very much anymore, but the cr*p that has been flying around about the toon in the past month with senile JFK coming back on board has made us a laughing sock once again. I am getting the p*ss tahen ot of me all the time at work and in the pub. I really fear for my club I think we could be in for a number of very hard years. I can’t see us signing any decent players and I can see the good ones leaving.

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  • RooneyToons

    Jul 4, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #36

    Jammy-D

    Depends how much you need…. I’m on 10 Bags a day.

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  • TorqToon

    Jul 4, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #37

    People moaning about kone??!!

    5Mil for him, or 8mil (asking price) for bent!?!

    Kone isn’t our alternative to pea. But an a replacement for shola who I suspect is off.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #38

    Jesper

    Off that list i would still have rooney, kone or adebyor. Not that we would ever get them.

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  • Greebol1892

    Jul 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #39

    This seems dubious…… otherwise why not involve him with the Perch deal? Better all-round player than Bent and undoubtedly lower wage & fees. Would link well with Cisse.

    Only 4th day of window I know but already 2 players out and none imminent.

    I really rate Vuckic as the young player that excites me most. Time is on his side but I fear that another 2 or 3 years injured and not getting near 1st team that we may have to write him off.

    Potential to be a European star so must be given a decent chance if he can just stay fit!

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  • Tommyy

    Jul 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #40

    Charlie – Then he balloons it wide. Bloke can’t finish, which is NOT what we need. We create precious little as it is!

    What happens if Southampton sign Damiao (amongst others) and Cardiff sign Cardozo (amongst others)? As each day goes by the closer I think we will be to relegation, and after the ambition we’ve shown and continue to show, noone can say we wouldn’t deserve it.

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