Everton had fielded offers for the Ivorian from elsewhere prior to deadline day according to Ronald Koeman but he had expressed his desire to stay in the Premier League.
The Dutchman, who saw Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo complete transfers away from Goodison yesterday, confirmed that there has been interest in Kone who has fallen out of favour this season and it seemed as though QPR or Sunderland were his most likely options.
“It is possible he will leave," Koeman is quoted as saying by the Echo.
“I don't know (if it will be before the window), he is training and doing well but he likes to play...we have used other player than Arouna.
“I have had some offers for him.”
Kone's contract expires this summer and it seemed as though Palace would simply pick up the remainder of his contract but the transfer wasn't able to be completed.
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1 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:32:44
2 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:41:54
It's not always easy shipping players out.
3 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:46:18
4 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:51:16
5 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:54:43
That said, we really need a striker.
Appreciate we don't have a whole lot to play for, but we need more than Valencia and Mirallas as backup.
6 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:55:31
This is exciting me more than any incoming players, could be 6/7 if Jags goes in the window.
Smacks of a good summer shopping plan with wages off the books for FFP.
McGeady clinging on like a Barnacle!
7 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:56:28
Jags is another one who is probably surplus to requirements but pointless shipping him out might as well keep hold of him even if he not getting any game time, been a great servant to the club.
8 Posted 30/01/2017 at 17:57:33
9 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:09:26
10 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:10:11
Good luck Arouna. Ciao.
11 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:12:42
12 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:13:41
13 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:17:48
Time we stopped filling our squad with such ordinary players and started recruiting single-minded winners.
14 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:17:52
Obviously waiting til summer to get the quality we need.
15 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:19:17
16 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:30:26
17 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:40:32
18 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:43:49
19 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:44:17
Is McAleny or Duffus anywhere near shouldering responsibility if unthinkable injuries should occur after the January deadline? Anyone I've missed?
20 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:45:37
21 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:46:44
22 Posted 30/01/2017 at 18:58:18
23 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:02:28
24 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:11:02
25 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:11:05
26 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:34:20
Get rid of Jags and Lennon eh?
Such short memories.
27 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:41:56
28 Posted 30/01/2017 at 19:42:17
A plethora of midfielders and defenders with only 1 striker proves Everton will have another difficult season, what's left of it anyway. I think Koeman has a rather generous view of Everton if he thinks he can get to and stay in the top 6 without back-up strikers. He thinks so much of Valencia that he was transacted on loan and as for his game-time, probably 180 minutes at the most through the entire duration he's been here.
Perhaps it comes down to commercial intent, ie, ship off a load of expensive players off the books and play nice bonuses for the commercial shareholders. 'Jobs for the boys'. Business as usual boys, with the illusion that there's been a good transfer window.
30 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:01:29
Fans on here are saying out with the old, but where is the new? This boardroom is rapidly recouping the money spent on Schneiderlin and Lookman.We have got quite a lot off the payroll and sold Oviedo and Gibson for £7 million. Kone will bring in some more plus his wages will be ended. We are already loaning out the kids and Kenwright was seen outside The Grapes with a ukulele :)
31 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:10:36
32 Posted 30/01/2017 at 20:19:53
34 Posted 30/01/2017 at 21:08:52
Sad to see Oviedo go, nice fella who gave his all.
36 Posted 30/01/2017 at 21:23:36
37 Posted 30/01/2017 at 21:39:06
38 Posted 30/01/2017 at 22:39:10
Can we really expect a couple of big signings? It feels like we're being prepped for it.
39 Posted 30/01/2017 at 23:03:38
I am surprised that big Moyes fave Leon Osman wasn't coaxed to go to the stadium of light for at least one more season. Maybe he was and turned it down.
Sad to see Oviedo go as he would have been a good utility player down the left side and quite honestly Baines is not the player he was but I guess Oviedo wanted to play now.
40 Posted 30/01/2017 at 23:04:14
Lennon has been shite since he got a perm contract. Put the effort in when on loan then got his pension top up. Never rated him and doubt he'll survive the Koeman axe this summer.
Jags has been a great servant but is now 4th choice if we're being honest. It'll be better for him to move onto somewhere he gets regular games. Must be galling for him to have gone from captain and regular starter to struggling to make the bench. Mind we need a replacement CB if he goes, if Koeman wants to carry on playing 3 CBs.
41 Posted 30/01/2017 at 23:36:15
And that was AFTER he signed his contract... which was in September 2015.
You're the one with the short memory, mate.
42 Posted 30/01/2017 at 23:39:26
As for Kone, well, if there are offers for him, just sell him, although I appreciate he's nearing the end of his contract and isn't worth much.
43 Posted 30/01/2017 at 23:47:23
Let's face it we need a clear out of all the driftwood; similar to Donald Trump, big Ron laid out his plans and he's keeping to his word. Things are happening, although like in the States, there's always a minority who are never happy.
44 Posted 30/01/2017 at 23:51:21
Ask yourself if we moved him on what team would buy him, my guess would be that no club in the top 8 would go near him, not even as a squad player.
Lennon is quick and does work extremely hard when he's on the pitch, but I believe he's not at the level is like us to expect from Everton players going forward.
45 Posted 30/01/2017 at 23:56:54
I like Koeman's words when talking about the goalkeeper situation: "It's difficult and hard to take for Maarten but that's football, that's business, and sometimes you need to wait for your opportunity to come back." But that means that Joel is starting on Wednesday.
46 Posted 30/01/2017 at 00:01:03
I forgot about Lennon, only a matter of time.
47 Posted 30/01/2017 at 00:01:07
48 Posted 31/01/2017 at 00:32:33
49 Posted 31/01/2017 at 00:38:38
He's always tried hard when he's in the side, and that long term injury seems to be well behind him, so I wouldn't be happy to lose him right now, unless another striker was brought as replacement... Valencia doesn't seem to be up to the task.
50 Posted 31/01/2017 at 01:02:59
Anyway what would you do? Hang on to all these fringe players when we have potentially better youngsters coming through from our best in a generation crop of kids? No this is all good.
I agree we need cover for Lukaku, but Koeman obviously thinks Valencia is a better short term bet than Kone. But he's only short term. Even after Valencia came on and changed the game recently Koeman still said it didn't mean he'd be permanent. It will have to wait until the summer.
51 Posted 31/01/2017 at 04:58:45
52 Posted 31/01/2017 at 05:02:33
I'd take Lukaku off and leave Valencia on for his superior pressing game up front.
Perfect example was the derby day against the shite where we lost Macca and then Valencia came off. We then had no industry in our pressing game and we lost. If we had of taken off Lukaku instead, I think we would have at least gotten a draw.
You guys forget Valencia's work rate is phenomenal, while not much of a goal threat, his defense and support play is remarkable.
53 Posted 31/01/2017 at 06:00:53
However, it thoroughly pisses me off when some of our more fact-challenged members here and Denis (#40) is by no means the only one smear a relentlessly hardworking and frequently effective player with this odious shite about getting lazy once he got his contract.
It's a damnable and obvious lie, and a man who has honored his Everton shirt every minute he's worn it deserves better.
54 Posted 31/01/2017 at 07:36:58
Sure it is. That's exactly what it's like.
£80,000 a week and a guaranteed game every week (irrespective of form) = "Slave performance".
So moved was I by Romelu's plight, I asked him his preferred path toward becoming a 'freedman'.
Trouble is, in Lukaku's mind, 'manumission' meant Mourinho must have had second thoughts about him and has now decided he's the perfect guy to spearhead his attack, whilst 'emancipation' meant City are definitely interested but are probably just biding their time.
Anyway, after ripping both my arms off, he's currently pegging it across a cotton field with a pack of blood thirsty hounds hot on his heels and an angry mob bemoaning the fact the "lazy bastard" doesn't bomb about like that more often.
55 Posted 31/01/2017 at 10:43:04
56 Posted 31/01/2017 at 14:16:07
57 Posted 31/01/2017 at 16:26:03
58 Posted 31/01/2017 at 20:06:34
59 Posted 31/01/2017 at 20:13:08
Gets the wages off. Probably £50k a week so not insubstantial.
60 Posted 31/01/2017 at 20:17:26
61 Posted 31/01/2017 at 20:22:00
That is insulting and Palace should be told to offer a nominal fee of say £1-2m and Kone can go with the club's blessing.
It's important the club lets the players in the squad know there'll be no deals done whilst players are in contract which don't suit the club first and rolling over and letting Palace tickle our belly is hardly the way to go about this.
62 Posted 31/01/2017 at 20:32:24
What Everton player has ever thought, "Fuck it, I'm injured, dead fucking wood, that'll wind them up on ToffeeWeb"?
63 Posted 31/01/2017 at 20:50:52
64 Posted 31/01/2017 at 20:56:21
65 Posted 31/01/2017 at 22:10:33
Read more at http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Everton-striker-joins-crystal-palace-on-short-term-contract/story-30101447-detail/story.html#L1PkLvL7cCRWdM7e.99
66 Posted 31/01/2017 at 22:13:01
67 Posted 31/01/2017 at 22:28:30
That is a very interesting comment. And, after all its EFC who pursued the player in question. I am pretty sure a player doesn't lose form (become deadwood) by his own volition.
Nothing would please me better than to see Niasse continue at Hull with a hat-trick plus against Man Utd and continue to be prolific throughout the rest of the season.
I like that we can all welcome him back with a big family hug, from a big family club. I for sure would be more than willing to forgive and forget, after all. His past misgivings at Everton does not mean he is a bad person, or any other former Everton player, who tried and failed for that matter.
68 Posted 31/01/2017 at 23:59:28
69 Posted 01/02/2017 at 00:10:03
We understand a move for Everton striker Arouna Kone is OFF!
70 Posted 01/02/2017 at 00:11:30
71 Posted 01/02/2017 at 00:37:16
72 Posted 01/02/2017 at 00:51:18
More like his desire to stay at daft Ollie's Everton on £60,000 a week until his contracts up, then fuck off for nowt, the greedy twat!
Come on, who's the first lemon to wish him good luck?
73 Posted 01/02/2017 at 00:54:31
Seeing as the club didn't bring in an experienced forward, I'm glad that Kone remains with the club until the end of the season; we may need him.
Kone is the only recognised backup for Lukaku and, whilst he remains an Everton player, I will gladly be the first 'lemon' to wish him good luck.
74 Posted 01/02/2017 at 01:36:13
A skilled player whose knee blew up, so did us little good. To me, the only thing "dodgy" about him is that he was in and out right from Day 1 his first pre-season. Remember the "It's because of Ramadan" excuse? I always wondered how bad that knee was when Martinez brought him along.
75 Posted 01/02/2017 at 03:38:27
The answer has to be money, even if he was only offered a short term deal to prove himself. Why go to Palace on a much reduced wage, when Everton are paying for your new indoor pool and rear extension?
Of course I empathise with the lad with his injuries, but he has made himself a multi-millionaire on the back of it and I have little sympathy for someone who has made that choice. I'd wager he won't even feature on the bench, particularly now we are relatively safe and have no cup distractions.
That would still be the case if Lukaku was out injured until the end of the season, Lookman, Mirallas, Calvert-Lewin or one of the other kids would be chosen ahead of him.
Remember, he chose that over potentially getting regular football in the smoke. I really can't wait the slam the door behind him come July.
76 Posted 01/02/2017 at 07:47:33
Of course he is entitled to stay not his fault his knee went and when he plays he tries and does sometimes score. He looked decent at Wigan but injury has taken a lot out of him.
77 Posted 01/02/2017 at 08:33:51
He has always proved a very useful player when he's been on the pitch for us and particularly last season he offered quite a goal threat to go with the exceptional work-rate.
As for getting this supposed top quality "backup" striker?
I think we all need to realise that the only way a top class striker is coming to Everton is to actually replace Lukaku NOT to play second fiddle as backup to him.
The best bet for a useful backup striker, someone to do the dirty work for Rom would be a guy like Shane Long or Charlie Austin, affordable and Koeman knows them already from Southampton.
78 Posted 01/02/2017 at 08:38:19
As for turning down regular football, who says that he would have ousted Benteke or Remy who are already there?
I don't rate him, but I can see his point of view.
79 Posted 01/02/2017 at 08:49:05
He could fill a place on the bench if Lookman or Valencia aren't there or God forbid Lukaku gets injured (nightmare scenario).
To be fair again to Kone, he's never been good enough and he's past what he had now at 33 but at times last season particularly early on he did look half decent.
80 Posted 01/02/2017 at 13:54:27
The bad injury and father time limited his opportunities, but he has had Lukaku to displace since Lukaku was signed which was never going to happen.
81 Posted 01/02/2017 at 14:33:53
He is taking up valuable car parking space at Finch Farm. Time to put him and a couple of others on the Deadwood stage and make room for some new dead wood.
82 Posted 01/02/2017 at 14:52:47
83 Posted 01/02/2017 at 15:36:43
I hope the summer brings an increase in transfer market but please without any involvement at all from the master chairman; surely Walsh can do better, regardless of parties involved!!
84 Posted 01/02/2017 at 16:29:11
Kone is a very intelligent centre-forward in terms of his hold up play and movement and at the time we signed him would have been a marked improvement on what we had (nothing).
If he had avoided the injury he would have been a good example to Lukaku who despite getting on the end of plenty, still doesn't have the wherewithal to play as a lone target man.
85 Posted 01/02/2017 at 16:45:49
86 Posted 01/02/2017 at 16:57:13
87 Posted 01/02/2017 at 18:16:07