Koné rejoins Martinez at Everton
Ivory Coast striker Arouna Koné is set to rejoin Roberto Martinez on Merseyside, as Everton have agreed a deal with Wigan Athletic to buy the player.
July 8th, 2013
The 29-year old striker has decided to move with the new Everton manager after the club accepted a reported £6 million bid which activated the release clause in Koné’s Latics contract. The Daily Mail reported that Newcastle had also made the target bid, but that Koné was keen to link up again with his former employer at Goodison Park to the consternation of new director of football at Newcastle, Joe Kinnear.
Martinez brought Koné to England in the first instance by signing him from Spanish side Levante almost a year ago; the three-year contract was apparently worth three-and-a-half million Euros. He went on to score the equivalent of a goal every three games, as the blow of relegation was softened mildly by featuring in the Latics’ FA Cup-winning run; playing in the entirety of the win against Man City.
With nine goals in 39 appearances for his national side, including three African Cups of Nations and the 2006 World Cup, the latest Everton signing – Martinez’ first – will be hoping to bring his wealth of experience to a side that’s perennially on the fringe of European qualification.