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Wednesday 15 August 2012

Kone completes Wigan move

Ivorian striker swaps Spain for England after agreeing three-year deal

Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone scored 15 goals for Levante last season

Wigan Athletic have bolstered their attacking options by completing the signing of Arouna Kone from Levante for an undisclosed fee.

The 28-year-old, who scored 15 league goals in 34 Liga appearances last season, has agreed terms on a three-year deal with the Barclays Premier League club.

Kone first came to prominence in the Netherlands after joining PSV Eindhoven from Roda JC in 2005, when helping the Eredivisie club win two Dutch titles.

"He's a strong payer with a clinical touch and someone who will bring us something different up front"
- Roberto Martinez

Though the quicksilver striker endured mixed fortunes at his next club, Sevilla, and was loaned to Bundesliga side Hannover in 2010, he rediscovered his form at Levante last term.

"He's a player that we've been chasing for a long long time," Wigan manager Roberto Martinez told the club's official website.

"We know Arouna really well, he got tremendous experience in European football and we've really enjoyed watching his goal scoring talent.

"He's a strong payer with a clinical touch and someone who will bring us something different up front."

Kone, who has been capped 35 times by Ivory Coast and scored nine international goals, becomes the fourth signing of the summer for Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez, following the arrivals of Fraser Fyvie from Aberdeen, Ivan Ramis from Real Mallorca and Arsenal loanee Ryo Myaichi.

Wigan open their Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Chelsea on Sunday.

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Key Points

  • Arouna Kone agrees three-year deal with Wigan
  • The 28-year-old enjoyed a productive campaign with Levante last season
  • Kone is a pacy forward who has been capped 34 times by Ivory Coast