West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce is joining the battle for Wigan Athletic striker Arouna Kone.

The People says Kone is one of several Wigan players tipped to follow Roberto Martinez to Goodison Park after the Spaniard joined Everton last week.

However, West Ham gaffer Allardyce is also keen to snap him up, and will urge co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold to rival any Everton offer as he re-moulds his squad ahead of the new campaign.