Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Arsenal

Saturday, 23 August 2014, 17:30

Barclays Prem

The King Power Stadium

Last Game

Leicester 2 - 2 Everton

Saturday, 16 August 2014, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Newcastle clear for Kone talks

Newcastle have been given permission to speak to Wigan striker Arouna Kone.

Last Updated: 04/07/13 at 12:55 Post Comment

Arouna Kone: Set for Newcastle talks

Arouna Kone: Set for Newcastle talks

However, they may have to battle it out with Everton for the Ivorian's signature with former Latics boss Roberto Martinez keen to take him to Goodison Park.

It is understood the 29-year-old has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave the DW Stadium in the wake of relegation from the Premier League.

News of the Magpies' interest in Kone emerged through the website of owner Mike Ashley's sportswear company, www.sportsdirectnews.com.

It is not yet clear whether or not Newcastle have agreed a fee with Wigan for the proposed transfer, but they are sure to face stiff competition from Everton.

Kone arrived at Wigan from Spanish cub Levante last summer and prospered under Martinez, scoring 13 goals in his first season in English football.

Alan Pardew is desperate to add striker-power to his squad after seeing his team struggling in the wake of Demba Ba's January departure for Chelsea.

Papiss Cisse carried the burden of providing the goals following Ba's exit, and although he too struck 13 times in total, he alone was unable to prevent the club slipping into a relegation fight.

Newcastle have been chasing St Etienne's Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, but have been unable to compete with Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, while they remain in the hunt for Aston Villa's Darren Bent, but are not prepared to pay anywhere near the midlands club's £8million valuation of the 29-year-old, and Kone would be significantly cheaper.

Pardew would be delighted to make headway in the transfer market a day after seeing utility man James Perch head in the opposite direction as the third Englishman, after Steve Harper and Danny Simpson, to leave St James' Park since the end of last season.

The Magpies' rebuilding plans have been stalled somewhat by the appointment of director of football Joe Kinnear, who has held discussions with Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr.

A move for FC Twente defender Douglas has been shelved and the manager will start work in earnest with his returning players over the weekend, with his squad smaller in terms of numbers than it was at the end of the last campaign.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

G

reat article. Hits the nail on the head. Encapsulates why I don't read tabloid newspapers anymore. The only thing worse is the 'told you so first' headline when they get lucky.

ianonabeach
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

F

amous. If that can be achieved whilst sitting in your pants and without any degree of hard work, all the better. I have no desire to be famous, but the rest of that line suits me just fine. Great article by the way, well worth the wait.

hunter sanchez
Time To Burst The ITK Bubble

T

here seems to be little focus on the performance of Besiktas. They played very well and stopped Arsenal from playing. Credit has to go to their manager. As much as Arsenal didn't play too well, we kept a clean sheet, but the home side made it very difficult.

Geddy76
Chambers' Poise Impresses Again

Footer 365

Premier League: Hull midfielder Robert Snodgrass to miss six months with knee injury

Hull's summer signing Robert Snodgrass will be out for six months after dislocating a kneecap at the weekend.

Premier League: Vincent Kompany waiting to see how Liverpool cope with increased demands

Vincent Kompany feels Liverpool will find the Premier League 'a different competition' once the Champions League starts.

Transfer News: Stoke had agreed fees for Nathan Redmond and Oussama Assaidi

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has confirmed the club met the asking prices for Nathan Redmond and Oussama Assaidi.

Mail Box

Mailbox: Feeling Sorry For Poor TC23

If there's one loser in all the machinations at Man United, it's poor TC23. We have mercifully few mails on United, but lots on Arsenal and in particular Olivier Giroud...

Dear Brendan, Please Sign Di Maria

That's the request to Brendan Rodgers in the mailbox, and not just because it would annoy Man United fans. Plus, more thoughts on why Arsenal didn't want Cescy back...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property