Liverpool face transfer battle Everton for Ivorian

Wigan striker Arouna KoneLiverpool are set to go head-to-head with local rivals Everton in the race for Wigan striker Arouna Kone, according to reports from The Metro.

The Ivorian was one of the Latics’ main stars last term, turning in a number of impressive displays to help them claim the FA Cup.

However, he could not steer them clear of relegation, and, as a result, is said to be keen to move on.

Roberto Martinez was said to be hopeful of tempting the 29-year-old to follow him to Goodison Park, but the Spaniard will have to fend off interest from Merseyside rivals Liverpool.

The Reds are said to be in the market for attacking reinforcements this summer, with the future of star striker Luis Suarez far from certain.

Brendan Rodgers is thought to see Kone as an ideal candidate to add another dimension to his front-line, and is keen to press ahead with a cut-price move.

The Wigan star is said to have a £6.5m release clause in his contract, a figure that the Anfield giants could easily match.

Liverpool are reportedly close to completing a move for Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas, but Rodgers is still keen on Kone due to his knowledge of the English top flight.

Liverpool fans, is Arouna Kone the man you want? Or should Brendan Rodgers be looking at bigger names?

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