Everton remain favourites for Wigan striker Kone

Everton remain favourites to land Wigan Athletic striker Arouna Kone.

The Liverpool Echo says Roberto Martinez is hoping he will still be able to complete a deal to be reunited with Arouna Kone despite a last-ditch attempt by Newcastle United to hijack the move.

Everton have been in advanced talks to sign the £6.5m Wigan forward this week, but it emerged yesterday that Toon boss Alan Pardew had made an offer which also activated the 29-year-old’s release clause at the DW stadium.

However, it appears the Ivory Coast international is set on a move to Goodison, and new Toffees boss Martinez will attempt to push through a deal for the player he signed 12 months ago.

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