Everton receive boost in pursuit of Ivorian star

Wigan striker Arouna KoneEverton’s hopes of luring Arouna Kone to Goodison Park have received a boost, with the Wigan striker admitting that he would like to remain in the Premier League.

The Ivorian was one of the Latics’ most impressive performers last term, netting regularly as the DW Stadium outfit secured The FA Cup.

However, he was unable to help them avoid relegation, and is now being linked with a summer move.

Roberto Martinez is keen for the 29-year-old to follow him to Everton, and may even activate the £6.5million release clause in his contract to force through a deal.

Although he is happy at Wigan, Kone has admitted that he would seriously consider a move to a Premier League side in the coming months.

“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,” he is quoted by The Mirror.

“Yes, I want to be playing in the Premier League, but it also depends on Wigan because I have a contract with them.

“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 only joined Wigan last summer from Levante, but has proved to be a capable Premier League forward.

He is also vastly experience, having played for sides in Holland, Spain, Germany, Belgium and the Ivory Coast.

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