After their relegation to the Championship, Wigan could be set to lose star forward Arouna Kone with Norwich looking increasingly likely to sign the player.
In their search to boost their offensive line-up, The Canaries are set to capture the Ivorian striker by activating his release clause of £5m.
Kone has revealed his desire to remain in the top flight next season and has admitted that he would consider a move to a Premier League side.
In an interview with The Sun, he said that “’you always have ambitions as a footballer, and I don’t intend to play in the English second division. Wigan have gone down, which is a real shame. It’s up to them to set out their stance about my situation. I aim to play for one of the best clubs in England, and I hope I will get the chance.”
The Ivorian international enjoyed a good start to his career in English football scoring 13 goals in all competitions making him Wigan’s top goalscorer for the entire season.
Having also played at several top European sides such as PSV Eindhoven and Sevilla over the past few years, Kone’s experience would be a welcome addition to Norwich’ front-line.
Last season, the Norfolk club struggled to score on a regular basis with the likes of Grant Holt and Steve Morison both failing to reach double figures for the season.
With Holt being tipped with a move away from Carrow Road, Kone could well be the perfect answer to fill his position should any move come to fruition.
But it certainly won’t be easy for Chris Hughton to secure Kone’s signature as many other Premier League sides are keen in acquiring his services.
Newly promoted teams such as Hull and Crystal Palace have already expressed their interest in signing Kone meanwhile Liverpool and Everton are also reportedly ready to make the offer.
Despite Kone’s public declaration about moving away from the DW Stadium, the Ivorian has stated that the move needs to be right for him and the club for any transfer to go ahead insisting that “’I’m under contract with Wigan for two more years. But if there is an offer that is good for both me and Wigan I will seek to leave”.
With Kone having strong international experience and form in recent years, it looks like many of England’s biggest clubs could face a fierce battle to capture his services by the time the new seasons kicks off again in August.