Roberto Martinez could be set to make Wigan Athletic striker Arouna Kone one of his first signings at Everton, but do the Toffees need to set their sights higher when targeting a new forward this summer?
If there is one thing that David Moyes will enjoy about his move to Manchester United, it is having a slew of top class forwards readily available to him, after several seasons at Everton where the Scottish manager never seemed quite able to sign a striker capable of matching the standard of the rest of the Toffees’ team.
Nikica Jelavic briefly looked like the solution after a breath-taking start at Goodison Park, but failed to impress in his second season, whilst Victor Anichebe, whilst unplayable on his day, is seemingly never going to be consistent enough to lead the line for Everton. As such, Roberto Martinez will likely aim to add to his attacking resources this summer, and reports have suggested he could raid his former club Wigan Athletic for Arouna Kone.
Kone could be available for £6.5million due a release fee in his contract with the Latics, and has said himself he would be keen to return to the Premier League after Wigan were relegated last season.
The Ivorian would be a solid purchase if Everton were simply looking for extra depth up front, but this season they are surely in the market for a new first-choice leading man, and questions have to be asked if Kone over whether good enough to do that for a team chasing a European place in the Premier League.
Finding a striker of that class is undoubtedly difficult, and doing so without spending over £20 million is harder still, especially without Champions League football, but this summer is crucial to ensuring Everton do not fall behind their rivals at the top of the Premier League, and a key part of that is bringing in a new forward.
Kone, with a Premier League season under his belt, is less of a gamble, but he is also unlikely to the man who fires Everton into the top six next season, and Martinez should be a little more ambitious in his hunt for a new forward this summer.
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