The Ivorian notched 11 goals for the Latics last season and has been the subject of talk suggesting Roberto Martinez wants to bring him to Goodison Park.
The Blues' new boss was keen to stress in the press conference announcing his appointment that he wouldn't necessarily be raiding his old club for players and with Kone turning 30 and having two years left on his Wigan contract, he might not make the best of use of his funds.
Nevertheless, some media outlets have been doing their best to suggest that there is a bidding war shaping up between Everton and Liverpool for the striker.
For his part, Kone says he is aware of the talk of a potential move to Everton but he won't be thinking about his future until after the forthcoming international games.
"Yes, I want to be playing in the Premier League but it also depends on Wigan because I have a contract with them.
"I have a contract until 2015 with Wigan and I settled very well there. It is a brilliant community football club. The chairman is fantastic.
"Everton? Just because the gaffer is in charge makes the link stronger but, to be honest, I don't know what will happen. After the international games I will know more."
Kone apparently has a £6.5million buy-out clause in his Latics contract.
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004 Posted 11/06/2013 at 16:09:36
005 Posted 11/06/2013 at 16:11:51
010 Posted 11/06/2013 at 16:16:36
022 Posted 11/06/2013 at 16:57:52
He's fucking garbage!!!
Christ are we going to be linked with all of these Wigan mediocrities all summer?????
026 Posted 11/06/2013 at 17:06:53
027 Posted 11/06/2013 at 17:05:04
His qualities are subtle but if he could run the 100m in 9 seconds and smash it in with both feet from 40 yards then we probably couldn't afford him.
029 Posted 11/06/2013 at 17:18:32
It driving me mad,people seem to forget Wigan were relegated,his prolific goal scoring couldn't keep em up
We must improve on the squad we have not add more average players to go with the anichebes,naismiths etc or we'll end up in the championship
034 Posted 11/06/2013 at 17:31:23
True, his goals couldn't keep them up, but two questions:
1) Might it not say a lot for him that, even in a shite side, he could score goals?
2) Villa came close to relegation last season — would you have Benteke? (keeping in mind his goals couldn't get Villa out of danger until the last couple of weeks of the season).
039 Posted 11/06/2013 at 17:45:32
It was tongue in cheek mate,he scored 11 league goals in a so called all out attack team
I just think we need to set our standards a little higher
046 Posted 11/06/2013 at 18:44:33
049 Posted 11/06/2013 at 18:28:03
(only a couple less than our top 'striker' by the way)
There are strikers I'd definitely prefer (ie: Benteke for one) but if we are to keep our squad together, we will be looking at frees, our reserves and lower league signings.
We simply don't have the cash to buy top-drawer.
060 Posted 11/06/2013 at 19:41:46
I know what you mean mate with regard to Kone didn't someone say he had a 6.5m buyout clause on his contract,can't help feeling we could do better for the dough
079 Posted 11/06/2013 at 20:30:20
McManaman, McCarthy, Kone and Alcarras are not good enough to improve Everton and I would prefer we look at better standard of player, such as Fer, Negredo and Victor Moses, players who I feel would definitely be a improvement on the likes of Osman, Anichebe and Jelavic who are simply not up to the required standard.
Hopefully Martinez will have a clear out now and get rid of some players that under Moyes were given a easy ride (imo) and should have been sold a long time ago.
093 Posted 11/06/2013 at 21:33:52
Kone isn't a bad player actually, but £6.5m is having a laugh - maybe half of that at a push.
I would much rather the Fellaini money (if he does leave) was split between Fer and Moses, with whatever extra funds Bill can scrape together being used for another, younger striker.
096 Posted 11/06/2013 at 21:45:46
106 Posted 11/06/2013 at 21:57:16
TBH Mirallas had a great season once he got the injury troubles behind him, and I personally think he's the kind of player that is bright and talented enough to improve in his second PL season
And I love Jellyfish, I really do. I keep thinking.....go 'head Nik, once you score the bloody slot machine will just payout cos you walk past
Seeing him skulk off the pitch looking so disconsolate broke my heart, I think it says so much about belief
I wont fault Moyes for staying loyal with Jelly
But something in me says Moyes tenacious/dull brand of football just didnt play to Jelly's strengths
After all in DM's time the scoring for fun fading to couldn't score in The Grafton was repeated time and time and time and time again
Surely not ALL those strikers just faded or coasted ?
It's quite a list over the 11 years, isn't it ?
110 Posted 11/06/2013 at 22:36:16
112 Posted 11/06/2013 at 22:34:26
The new gaffer will probably resist letting anyone go until he has given them a chance to impress even Velios.
It is therefore unlikely anyone will be bought unless Fella makes a move.
116 Posted 11/06/2013 at 22:54:55
118 Posted 11/06/2013 at 23:05:17
6.5m for an almost 30 year old with one decent season behind him is not viable for a club with such sparse resources as us.
Would rather look at a younger player who has been banging them in on the continent.
Wilfried Bony for example...
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291 Posted 12/06/2013 at 21:28:07
304 Posted 12/06/2013 at 22:01:33
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310 Posted 12/06/2013 at 22:16:55
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