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