Confirmed: Striker to leave Everton within weeks
By Danny Wright
Ronald Koeman has confirmed on Thursday that Everton striker Arouna Kone will leave the club within a matter of weeks.
The 33-year-old has only featured in 94 minutes of first-team football this season and his Merseyside contract, which expires at the end of the campaign, will not be renewed.
“Arouna will finish his contract and leave at the end of the season,” said Koeman, as quoted by Guardian journalist Andy Hunter on his personal Twitter account.
Koeman on Kone: "Arouna will finish his contract and leave at the end of the season."
— Andy Hunter (@AHunterGuardian) May 4, 2017
The Liverpool Echo has previously claimed that the in-demand striker has already attracted a host of attention from other Premier League clubs.
It is understood that Kone is still aiming to play in England’s top flight next season, despite a knee injury hampering what has now been his final year at Goodison Park.
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The 39-times Ivory Coast international has played in just seven games for Koeman’s side, with his cameo appearance against Chelsea last week being his first taste of league football since September.
The Dutchman has never handed Kone a starting place since he took over the Merseyside club last summer.
His only goals this campaign came in the 4-0 thrashing of Yeovil in the League Cup, when he came off the bench for the final 11 minutes.
Kone joined Everton after a successful spell at Wigan in 2013 and has made a total of 60 appearances since, scoring ten goals.
Football Insider Verdict
After Kone returned to fitness to play against Chelsea last week, hopefully Koeman can give the striker a final Goodison Park bow before he does leave the club. However after that it’s going to be a big task for 33-year-old to find himself a new club, especially in the Premier League. He’s barely kicked a ball this term and averaging just a goal in every six games isn’t something that recruitment experts will be impressed by. A realistic move for Kone would definitely be to the Championship – if he decides to stay in England that is. From Everton’s point of view, Kone’s contract ending frees up a bit more funds for them to take advantage of in the summer.
In other Everton news, this duo have been ruled out of the Toffee’s clash with Swansea.