Everton have completed the signing of Wigan striker Arouna Kone on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Kone, 29, is the club’s first signing since Roberto Martinez left the DW Stadium to become manager at Goodison Park on June 5.
Everton agreed a fee for Kone, believed to be around £6 million, last week - but the move faced a late hitch when Newcastle also made a bid to sign him.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan revealed last Thursday that the Magpies had been given permission to speak to Kone after meeting the release clause in his contract.
However, the forward had indicated to his agent that he would prefer a move to Everton, where he has been reunited with his former boss.
Martinez brought Kone to Wigan for £4 million from La Liga club Levante last summer.
The Ivory Coast international hit 13 goals for the Latics last season, but could not save them from relegation to the Championship.
Looking forward to be at Everton :) but I won't be playing N2 anymore— ArounaKone (@OfficielArounaK) July 8, 2013
Kone, who began his career in Ivory Coast with Rio Sport, had a spell in Belgium with Lierse and then moved to the Netherlands for stints with Roda and PSV before joining Sevilla in 2007.
He was then loaned to German club Hannover before moving to Levante and later joining Wigan.
A statement on Everton’s official website read: “Everton have boosted their strikeforce with the signing striker Arouna Kone on a three-year deal.
“The Ivory Coast striker joins from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.”