Arouna Kone May Join Real Zaragoza on Loan - Sevilla Coach Manolo Jimenez

The Ivorian is seeking first team football to boost his World Cup prospects...
Sevilla coach Manolo Jimenez says he would not oppose Arouna Kone's potential loan move to Real Zaragoza.

The Ivorian international is said to be keen to make a move away from the Andalusian outfit in search of first team football as he looks to boost his chances of making the Ivory Coast squad for the World Cup in South Africa.

With Luis Fabiano, Frederic Kanoute and record-signing Alvaro Negredo all vying for starting places, Kone's opportunities to play first team football for Los Nervionenses are quite limited.

Zaragoza are said to be interested in taking the former PSV striker on loan for the season as Ikechukwu Uche is ruled out for the season with a cruciate ligament injury.

"The story with him [Kone] is obvious. There is competition for places up front but he is working well and showing some great qualities. If there is a way out, [Sevilla sporting director] Monchi and the president [Jose Maria del Nido] will see if it is appropriate or not. We don't want to be selfish, Kone and I only talk football," Jimenez was quoted as saying by AS.

It is believed that the players wages are a stumbling block to a potential loan deal between the two clubs.

Paul Madden,