Everton confirm Kone signing

The former PSV and Sevilla striker has agreed a three-year contract with the Goodison Park outfit after the Toffees brokered a deal with Roberto Martinez's former club Wigan
Everton have completed the signing of Wigan striker Arouna Kone on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The Ivory Coast international reunites with former Latics boss Roberto Martinez, who signed Kone from La Liga outfit Levante last summer.

The 29-year-old scored 11 league goals in his maiden season in the Premier League, and contributed five assists, in a campaign that ultimately ended in relegation.

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Kone also scored two goals in four FA Cup appearances en route to the Wembley final, where the Latics overcame Manchester City to lift the cup for the first time in the club's history.

But Kone has opted to follow Martinez to Goodison Park following Wigan's descent to the Championship, and the Spanish boss believes his new forward is at his peak.

“Arouna had a big injury to his cruciate and missed one-and-a-half years. That can sometimes be negative, but in his case it was the opposite,” said Martinez last week.

“It refreshed him and he is a young 29-year-old. He’s at the peak of his career.

“When you get a player where from the physical point of view, to the tactical and the technical he is in peak condition, it really excites you and that’s where Arouna is.

“He had a fantastic move from Holland to Seville for big, big money where he had a little bit of trouble with inconsistency and injuries, but now he is back to his very, very best and he will be a big asset.

“Everyone would understand that he brings something different to what we have at the football club at the moment.”