Liverpool and Everton are set to go head-to-head in a transfer battle for Arouna Kone, according to reports.
The Sun claims Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is considering a £6.5million bid for the Ivory Coast international – a figure which would trigger the minimum fee release clause in the player’s contract.
Kone enjoyed a decent campaign at the DW Stadium last term, but was unable to keep the Latics in the Premier League despite the club’s FA Cup success.
Liverpool are eager to bolster their attack this summer, according to the paper, with Luis Suarez’s future at Anfield far from certain.
Daniel Sturridge arrived on Merseyside to give Rodgers some strength-in-depth in January, but if the Uruguayan leaves then the Reds are back to square one.
Kone would at least provide another option to Rodgers, whilst Iago Aspas has also been linked with a move from Celta Vigo.
Everton, meanwhile, have an advantage in the shape of Roberto Martinez. The Spaniard has arrived at Goodison Park from Wigan – where he coached Kone last season.
The Toffees struggled in-front of goal once again last term, with their lack of ability in the scoring department affectively ending their early chances of reaching the Champions League.
Kone would add an additional threat to the Everton side, and provide strong competition for Nikica Jelavic and Victor Anichebe under the new boss at Goodison Park.