Arouna Kone will link up with former Wigan manager Roberto Martinez after Everton completed the signature of the Ivory Coast striker on a three year deal.
It has been widely expected that the striker would leave the Latics to link up with his former boss. Dave Whelan, the Wigan Chairman, was understandably reluctant to let the front man go, but was realistic enough that the move would happen once the valuation of £5million was met.
The 29 year old spent his formative years with his hometown club Rio Sport d’Anyama and such was his progress that aged 18 he signed for Belgian side Lierse S.K. in 2002. 11 goals and 32 appearances later and Kone was picked up by Eredivise side Roda.
With an impressive 27 goals in 2 seasons, PSV Eindhoven came in for the player and signed him in the summer of 2005. As well as over 20 goals in 53 appearances, Kone secured 2 Leage Winners medals aswell as appearing and scoring in the Champions league.
A move to Sevilla in La Liga saw him score only once in 40 club appearances. His stint in Spain was interrupted first with a loan move to Hanover 96 and then later a loan move to Levante which would eventually became a permanent switch.
In 2012 Kone was snapped up by Martinez and was impressive for the Premier league side, scoring 11 times in 33 occasions. It would prove to be a bitter sweet season for Kone, like all at Wigan, when a wonderful FA Cup Final win over Manchester City was followed by relegation.
Everton and Martinez will be content with the signing of a player with a proven tack record and a dexterous approach going forward.
Kone himself spoke about his delight at signing for Everton, saying: “For me it is the fruition of work that has been going on for a month now. I’m really pleased to be here and I hope that everything goes well and I can have a great season for the club, just like I did last year with Wigan.”
“For me it’s an honour to be back working with the manager once again. Last season he really helped me a lot. For my first season I did the absolute best I could but I think that joining up with him at this club is like another dimension for me, and I hope that I’m going to continue to improve alongside him.”
Kone who is on holiday after recent international duty, will link up with his new team mates at Goodison park later this month.