Arouna Kone has placed several Premier League clubs on alert, as he's told Wigan Athletic of his intention to leave the Latics this summer.

The Ivorian was part of Wigan's FA Cup winning side, but his 11 league goals last season were not enough to stop the Latics suffering relegation to the Championship, just a few days later, crashing to a 4-1 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates.

Kone told reporters: "You always have ambitions as a footballer, and I don't intend to play in the English second division." 

A move to Merseyside may well be on the cards, as both Everton and Liverpool are interested in the 29-year-old, though the latter may well have cooled their interest after the signing of Luis Alberto from Sevilla.

Kone may well look to reunite himself with former boss Roberto Martinez at Everton, who may well be in the market for a striker, with Fellaini's future in doubt, and Jelavic suffering from a lack of form during last seasons campaign.

The former Levante striker has only been at Wigan for a year, but after paying just £3.5million to the Spanish club, they would expect to recoup a lot more than that should he leave during this transfer window.

It's unclear whether the Latics have received any bids as of yet, but with a host of clubs aiming to strengthen their forward line this summer, they could do a lot worse than signing Kone.


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