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Monday 08 July 2013

Kone reunited with Martinez at Everton

Ivory Coast striker becomes new manager's first signing at Goodison Park

Everton striker Arouna Kone impressed for Wigan Athletic last season

Everton have made their first signing of the summer with the capture of Wigan Athletic striker Arouna Kone on a three-year deal.

The 29-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee after impressing for the Latics last season, scoring 11 Barclays Premier League goals in 34 appearances as the club were relegated from the top flight.

He is reunited with former Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, who took over at Goodison Park at the beginning of June.

The powerful striker, who signed for Wigan from Levante last August, began his professional career in the Netherlands, with Roda JC and then PSV Eindhoven, where Kone won two Eredivisie titles.

Kone joined Sevilla in 2007 and also had a loan spell at Hannover before signing for Levante in 2011.

Everton say the Ivory Coast forward will join up with his new team-mates this month.

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Key Points

  • Everton sign Wigan Athletic striker Arouna Kone for an undisclosed fee
  • 29-year-old is manager Roberto Martinez's first signing for the club
  • Ivory Coast forward agrees a three-year contract at Goodison Park