Transfer news

Kone keen on Premier League return

June 11, 2013
By Mike Whalley

Wigan striker Arouna Kone has said he wants to return to the Premier League after being linked with a move to Everton.

Arouna Kona bagged a first half brace against relegation rivals Reading
GettyImagesKone hit 13 Wigan goals last season

The Ivory Coast international, 29, was Wigan’s top scorer in his first season at the DW Stadium after arriving from Levante on a three-year contract in 2012.

But his 13 goals were not enough to save the club from relegation to the Championship, and he is widely expected to move on this summer.

Reports have suggested Kone could follow the path trodden by manager Roberto Martinez, who left the Latics to join Everton last week.

Martinez has given little away when asked about the possibility of bringing some of his former Wigan players to Goodison Park.

And Kone, currently on international duty as Ivory Coast bid to move a step closer to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup, indicated that he was happy to let Wigan have the final say on his future.

He told reporters: “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.

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

Asked about the possibility of a move to Everton, Kone added: “Because the gaffer is in charge [that] makes the link stronger but, to be honest, I don’t know what will happen. After the international games, I will know more.”