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Kone link is just speculation

11/06/2013 | Comments (26)
Wigan striker Arouna Kone has acknowledged the speculation linking him with a move to Everton this summer but says he is settled at the DW Stadium.

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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Mark Pierpoint
004 Posted 11/06/2013 at 16:09:36
If he were a few years younger I would be tempted to say yes. At 29 though I think that we could do better for the money. If we assume that Fellaini is most likely not to be playing his football here next year, then I am sure that we can do better for the money
Mark Pierpoint
005 Posted 11/06/2013 at 16:11:51
that we will have. We should be prioritising a top quality striker and not simply a middle of the range alternative if we can afford to.
Derek Knox
010 Posted 11/06/2013 at 16:16:36
I'd have to agree with you there, Mark: at 29, and having had his first year in the EPL, at the price-tag of £6.5m, he would represent a risk! How many times have we seen in the past a player has a great season, can't stop scoring goals, gets transferred for a King's Ransom the following season and then dries up or fades into obscurity! I am sure there are younger, possibly lesser known alternatives out there, which hopefully RM can spot!
Peter Truin
022 Posted 11/06/2013 at 16:57:52
God I hope not

He's fucking garbage!!!

Christ are we going to be linked with all of these Wigan mediocrities all summer?????

Mark Knight
026 Posted 11/06/2013 at 17:06:53
Peter, I think that's going to be the case exactly,Sigh..
Drew O'Neall
027 Posted 11/06/2013 at 17:05:04
I think that's a little unfair.. he looks strong, quick and has very good ability holding up and running with the ball as well as football intelligence (if not hairstyle intelligence).

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.

Peter Truin
029 Posted 11/06/2013 at 17:18:32
Mark

It driving me mad,people seem to forget Wigan were relegated,his prolific goal scoring couldn't keep em up

Drew

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

Eugene Ruane
034 Posted 11/06/2013 at 17:31:23
Peter - "It is driving me mad, people seem to forget Wigan were relegated, his prolific goal scoring couldn't keep em up."

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).

Peter Truin
039 Posted 11/06/2013 at 17:45:32
Eugene

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

Craig Robb
046 Posted 11/06/2013 at 18:44:33
Im hoping Roberto will pick up a couple of sensational, previously unknown South Americans on the cheap, not this guy though.
Eugene Ruane
049 Posted 11/06/2013 at 18:28:03
Peter, I'm not really having pop but there must be something to be said for those who can get goals in a shit team.

(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.

Peter Truin
060 Posted 11/06/2013 at 19:41:46
Eugene

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

Vijay Badhan
079 Posted 11/06/2013 at 20:30:20
I don't think any of the Wigan Players are an improvement from what we already have. They are all very average players and that is why they are playing Championship football next year.

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.

Neil Adams
093 Posted 11/06/2013 at 21:33:52
Might as well put in a bid for Rodallega too if we are after Wigan has-beens!

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.

Colin Glassar
096 Posted 11/06/2013 at 21:45:46
This isn't coming from Everton but from the rags who've got nothing better to write about.
Tony Draper
106 Posted 11/06/2013 at 21:57:16
Seems that both the Boss and the player are pouring cold water on that

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 ?

Colin Glassar
110 Posted 11/06/2013 at 22:36:16
Totally agree TD. Something was seriously wrong between Moyes and forwards. Maybe they just didn't understand each other.
Tom Bowers
112 Posted 11/06/2013 at 22:34:26
With Miralles and Jela in form when they first came we looked to have a striking partnership that could give any defence problems. Jela unfortunately has had a bad run in the goals column despite playing his heart out. The same could be said of Anichebe who will never be a prolific striker and should be sold.
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.
Mark Dunford
116 Posted 11/06/2013 at 22:54:55
Kone is too old to merit a fee of 6.5m from a club like Everton. He has no resale potential but an interesting player all the same. One for a team fighting relegation or seeking promotion. We need players for the long term. if Moses is available then this could be a really exciting signing. I somehow doubt Chelski will sell.
Sam Hoare
118 Posted 11/06/2013 at 23:05:17
No.

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...

Drew O'Neall
119 Posted 11/06/2013 at 23:18:13
£6.5m buy out clause has nothing to do with it, Wigan are relegated and will take what they can get for players who want out, especially if they are on big wedge.
Stu Green
138 Posted 12/06/2013 at 02:32:07
@Sam Bony? Only 9th in the Eredivisie 2011-12 season behind 1st placed and greatly named 'Bas Dost' 24 years old.. SC Heerenveen 66 (47)
Ross Edwards
291 Posted 12/06/2013 at 21:28:07
He's 30 now isn't he? No thanks.
Harold Matthews
304 Posted 12/06/2013 at 22:01:33
Moses will be on a massive wage at Chelski.
Jamie Barlow
309 Posted 12/06/2013 at 22:15:51
I don't know how reliable this is Harold.

http://matchincome.com/2012/12/24/victor-moses-salary-or-income/

Jamie Barlow
310 Posted 12/06/2013 at 22:16:55
It can't be right.

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