New Everton boss Roberto Martinez is set to complete a deal to bring Wigan striker Arouna Kone with him to Goodison Park.

The two clubs have been in talks over a deal for the Ivorian, who scored 11 Premier League goals last season, and are finally near reaching conclusion.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle has confirmed that Kone wants to join Everton and has stated he will not stand in the players way.

"I'm led to believe through his representative that Everton is the club he wants to join," Coyle told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"It's not rocket science to say that Arouna Kone will probably leave at some point this week. There have been a number of offers in for him," Coyle added.

"There is no problem, he goes with our blessing because I need players who need to be at Wigan. If his heart's elsewhere then he's no good to me."

The forward is rated at around £6m and was brought in by Martinez to Wigan last summer from Spanish side Levante.

Kone impressed during his first Premier League season and was unfortunate to be relegated with Wigan, finishing the season as their top scorer. However, he did finish the campaign with an FA Cup winners medal.

Martinez is also reported to be trying to bring in defender Antolin Alcaraz, the player left Wigan at the end of last season after his contract expired.


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