Everton's returning star reportedly set for loan move to aid comeback

Everton's Arouna Kone is set to move out on loan, according to a report on TalkSPORT.

Arouna Kone could be set for a loan move away from Everton, as he looks to regain match-fitness. 

The Ivorian striker has been out of action for over a year since suffering a knee injury last season, but he is on the comeback trail now.

Kone played in Everton's under-21 side's match against Celtic in midweek and the club's development manager David Unsworth was happy with his impact. 

"Arouna's been fantastic," Unsworth said to the club's official site. "It was great for him to get half a game. It's been a long comeback for him and I have to say he's worked tirelessly in the gym.

"He really has put the hours in that people don't see and for him to play 45 minutes here at Goodison was great."

It seems that the next step in his recovery process will be to allow him to get first-team matches under his belt, although this looks likely to be away from Goodison Park. 

Roberto Martinez does not want to rush Kone into the Everton team without him being fully up to speed and a loan move looks imminent.

There are a host of Championship clubs interested in signing Kone, while Levante are also reportedly keen

The demands at the Toffees are so high now that Kone cannot offer much to the side without being at the top of his game.

Samuel Eto'o and Romelu Lukaku are blocking Kone's path into the starting line-up and unless he re-finds the form which made him a success at Wigan Athletic before his injury he is unlikely to break into the line-up. 

Kone played six times for the Merseyside outfit, prior to his injury, but he is yet to score for the club. 

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