Everton have this afternoon confirmed via their official club website the signing of centre forward Arouna Kone from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.
Kone - who netted 13 league goals last year in Wigan's futile fight against the drop - will rejoin former manager Roberto Martinez on Merseyside.
Kone, 29, is entering only his second season in English football following hugely successful spells with Levante, Roda JC and PSV Eindhoven with the Ivorian scoring a significant number of goals at all of the aforementioned clubs.
Kone will no doubt add an element of pace to Everton's frontline alongside Kevin Mirallas with Martinez surely hoping the two will form an effective partnership next season.
Going forward was one of the key areas where Everton struggled last term with the Merseyside club only registering 55 goals, which was the lowest out of all of the top seven clubs.
Nikica Jelavic suffered from second season syndrome with the Croatian unable to replicate any of the form he showed in his opening six-month spell with the Toffees and it is hoped Kone will take some of the burden off Jelavic's shoulders and allow him to focus on getting back in amongst the goals.
Kone is Everton's first signing of the summer with Martinez well aware of the stringent financial restrictions placed upon Everton.
Everton confirmed in their official statement that Kone would not link up with his new side straight away due to his involvement with the Ivory Coast. However the club confirmed he would take part in Everton's pre-season: "Kone is set to link up with his new teammates later this month."
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