Everton suffer breakdown in January talks for £40,000-a-week striker - report
By Will Butcher
Arouna Kone will remain at Everton for the time being after QPR refused to contribute a percentage of the striker’s wages, according to a report.
Get West London claim that QPR were keen to bringing the Ivory Coast international to Loftus Road on loan, but will look elsewhere after being told to pay a chunk of his £40,000-a-week wages.
The 33-year-old is currently way down the pecking order at Goodison Park after a number of injuries have seen him make just three Premier League appearances this season.
Behind the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Enner Valencia and Ademola Lookman, Kone could be allowed to leave Merseyside this month if a suitable offer is tabled.
Ian Holloway’s side were keen to capitalise on that, by taking him on loan but will pursue other striker targets after refusing Everton’s request over his wages.
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Since his move to the Toffees in the summer of 2013, Everton’s number nine has scored just 10 goals in 59 league and cup appearances and has less than six months remaining on his current deal.
Football Insider verdict:
Kone must be allowed to leave on loan this month in order to get the most out of the final stages of his professional career. That could mean that Ronald Koeman’s side should reduce their transfer requirements that would see Kone leave on loan, with the former Wigan Athletic striker unlikely to be given a chance in the near future. Reducing the amount that they want contributed to his wages by interested clubs could see the striker secure a move away this month to prove to Koeman or any other interested clubs that he deserves a new deal at the end of the season.
In other Everton transfer news, the chase for this £31million-rated forward is hotting up.