Wolves line up £40,000-a-week PL striker, face Championship competition - reports
By Will Butcher
Wolves are looking to bolster their attacking ranks by bringing Everton’s Arouna Kone to Molineux, according to a report.
In Tuesday’s print edition, The Sun (page 47) claimed that the Toffees would face competition from QPR as Everton look for interested clubs to pay a loan fee and a chunk of Kone’s wages.
On Sunday, Get West London claimed QPR will look elsewhere as they are not prepared to contribute to his £40,000-a-week wages and that could see Wolves move into pole position.
Kone, 33, is way down the Goodison Park pecking order behind the likes of first-choice attacker Romelu Lukaku, West Ham loanee Enner Valencia and £11million signing Ademola Lookman.
The Ivory Coast international’s susceptibility to injury has seen him make just three Premier League appearances this season.
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It remains to be seen if Lambert is ready to contribute to Kone’s wages, as well as paying a loan fee, as he looks to bring in a striker to fire Wolves away from the drop zone.
Moving to Merseyside in the summer of 2013 from Wigan, Kone has managed just 10 goals in his 59 league and cup appearances and his current contract expires in the summer.
Football Insider verdict:
Kone would be a top January recruit for Wolves, as they struggle to find the back of the net on a consistent basis. Scoring a total of just 33 goals in 26 Championship games, Wolves have struggled this season – their most prolific striker has been Joe Mason who has just four goals in all competitions. Winger Helder Costa and midfield ace David Edwards have struck 15 goals between them, but Lambert must bring in a striker that can find the back of the net on a regular basis in order to fire Wolves up the table. Nouha Dicko has failed to score in the league this season, while Iceland international Jón Dadi Bödvarsson has struck just twice in 24 games. Bringing in a Premier League goalscorer in Kone could prove crucial to Wolves’ second half of the season, despite his age.
In other Wolves transfer news, this reliable journalist gave an update on the pursuit of Blackburn winger Ben Marshall.