The Echo reports that Arouna Kone's contract will be allowed to lapse this summer, freeing him to leave the club.
Kone is out of contract at the end of the season and will leave as part of an expected clearout of the Blues squad. Ronald Koeman is set to wield the axe on a number of the existing squad and Kone will be allowed leave on a free.
The 33-year-old came close to joining Crystal Palace on deadline day in January but the move fell through as the cut off point neared.
Kone wants to stay in the Premier League and the Liverpool Echo reports that a number of top-flight clubs have expressed an interest in signing the Ivorian.
Despite having played for Koeman at PSV Eindhoven, Kone has made only a handful of appearances for Everton this season. The former Wigan Athletic striker has been hampered by a fresh knee injury and has only been used on seven occasions.
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1 Posted 04/05/2017 at 15:27:01
2 Posted 04/05/2017 at 18:01:25
3 Posted 04/05/2017 at 18:13:18
4 Posted 04/05/2017 at 18:27:59
5 Posted 04/05/2017 at 18:28:37
6 Posted 04/05/2017 at 18:53:00
He played for Everton, did his best and we should respect that.
7 Posted 04/05/2017 at 19:09:38
8 Posted 04/05/2017 at 19:33:42
9 Posted 04/05/2017 at 20:06:57
10 Posted 04/05/2017 at 20:44:47
11 Posted 04/05/2017 at 22:31:40
12 Posted 04/05/2017 at 23:22:52
13 Posted 04/05/2017 at 23:50:56
14 Posted 05/05/2017 at 00:04:39
15 Posted 05/05/2017 at 00:32:18
16 Posted 05/05/2017 at 00:53:48
17 Posted 05/05/2017 at 01:03:54
Wish him the best, but whilst not the worst player to play for us, it was a bad signing with hindsight.
18 Posted 05/05/2017 at 01:21:34
I'd love Willian.
19 Posted 05/05/2017 at 01:31:39
Would be be great to play up top. Everton will have to pay over the odds; it might as well be on a proven player at 28. Perfect I'd think.
Makeweight for Rom?
20 Posted 05/05/2017 at 04:40:02
Wide midfielder. I'd be happy to have him too.
21 Posted 05/05/2017 at 05:38:12
As for Willian, I would drive down to Chelsea and pick him up myself to get him to sign. He would be fantastic signing for us and certainly help us show our intent in the up-coming window.
22 Posted 05/05/2017 at 12:28:03
Kind of like what has happened with Bolasie – if (God forbid) Bolasie never comes back the player Everton thought he would be when they plonked down £24 million, would it be fair to label him the worst signing ever?).
Also, as I remember (may be wrong), Kone's injury forced Martinez's hand in looking for a loan striker, and Kone's replacement turned out to be Everton's highest ever goal-scorer in the Premier League era. Look at the positives!
23 Posted 05/05/2017 at 12:35:39
He should never have been bought for £5 million by Martinez. At that time we were skint and he was not what we needed especially at his age and his record.
He was a poor signing in the first place and the injuries have only highlighted how poor a signing it was. Albeit you can't blame him for that.
As for Bolasie, he is a genuinely talented footballer who has shown this over several good Premier League seasons not one-and-a-half games against Johnny Heitinga.
24 Posted 05/05/2017 at 12:40:35
25 Posted 05/05/2017 at 12:52:26
26 Posted 05/05/2017 at 12:58:59
27 Posted 05/05/2017 at 15:11:44
28 Posted 05/05/2017 at 15:43:44
29 Posted 05/05/2017 at 16:23:56
30 Posted 05/05/2017 at 17:05:32
Koeman prefers most of his midfielders to be powerful and strong, and that the magic happens in his front three if I'm judging how Southampton played correctly?
Yes Rob Birks would destroy our wage structure but a proven winner, superb player and fit for Koeman.
I've repeatedly said in many posts the gap between 'us and 'them is too large to bridge in some terms so we will have to pay over the odds on several players.
This lad stone cold quality.
31 Posted 05/05/2017 at 18:13:05
In hindsight it wasn't a good deal, but that's football, every signing is a risk. I wish him well and hope he can pick up one last contract. Seems a nice lad who tried his best and as Steve says above, played with a smile on his face.
32 Posted 06/05/2017 at 13:43:27
Can't recall one instance when he caused the least bit of controversy and, with Koeman's arrival, seemed to accept his role as a squad player with dignity. I for one wish him well next season.
33 Posted 06/05/2017 at 13:48:09
But, then again, after paying Hibbo to go fishing, falling all over ourselves to offer the ancient Barry a 2 year extension and the farce of a 1-year extension for Gibson nothing would surprise me.
I think any Premier League teams actually thinking about coming in for him should be named and shamed, for the benefit of their fans (and for the lulz).
34 Posted 06/05/2017 at 20:21:00
I think he had a bad injury record at Valencia too; he could teach Lukaku a thing or two about hold up play though, but obviously hasn't.
35 Posted 07/05/2017 at 03:25:27
36 Posted 07/05/2017 at 11:33:06
37 Posted 07/05/2017 at 12:25:30
38 Posted 11/05/2017 at 22:01:55
39 Posted 25/05/2017 at 03:41:39
Before I introduce myself does anyone know if he has any distinguishing features I can reference so I don't make a tit of myself at the loungers?
This guy clearly had the blonde highlights previously but has shaved them out... has to be him.
40 Posted 25/05/2017 at 03:47:20
41 Posted 25/05/2017 at 05:20:24
Or is that Lady Gaga?
42 Posted 25/05/2017 at 06:23:32
Whilst that shows hero, David Vincent, was always on the look out for a malformed little finger poking out at an unnatural angle, Drew O'Neall must instead look to the deck...
...and beware the bent inward big toe.
Of course, if true, that means he should also glow bright red at the point of death...
...but I really wouldn't recommend going down that route. (1) It's not his fault Everton ended up buying him, (2) he tried his best, (3) people are probably going to say it's just some pissed up old bloke, with really bad sunburn, propped up in a deck chair, when you pull out your holiday snaps anyway and (4) you don't really want your getaway to turn into a sequel to 'Weekend at Bernies' (A Couple Of Weeks With Kone?) or an...err...actual 'getaway' (French Fuzz 1: "One male victim. Approximately 47 years of age. Scrunched up Everton number 9 shirt with the name 'Kone' nearby. Apparent cause of death: acute embarrassment". French Fuzz 2: "No fucking wonder. Fancy being spotted in a Kone shirt!")
43 Posted 28/05/2017 at 07:19:36
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