Newcastle United have joined Everton in the race to sign Arouna Kone from Wigan Athletic, according to Sky Sports.

Alan Pardew is keen to strengthen his attacking options following Demba Ba's departure to Chelsea in January.

It is understood that Kone has a £5m buy-out clause in his contract and the Newcastle boss is ready to activate it in order to get his man.

The Ivorian striker impressed in his first year in England's top flight with Wigan, managing to score 11 goals in 33 appearances for the club as they fought to stay in the Premier League.

Kone was brought in to Wigan from Spanish cub Levante by former manager Roberto Martinez, and the new Everton boss has declared his desire to link up with the striker once again.

It is clear the player does not want to play in the Championship with Wigan and he seemed destined to be heading to Goodison Park.

But the Magpies late move for the forward could prompt the 29-year-old to rethink his future.

Newcastle have also been linked with St Etienne's Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Aston Villa's Darren Bent.


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