Report: Everton hoping to tie up new deal for forward Arouna Kone in January

Everton’s Arouna Kone is out of contract at the end of the season.

According to the Daily Star, Everton will offer Arouna Kone a new contract in January.

The former Wigan Athletic man followed Spanish manager Roberto Martinez to Everton, joining the Merseyside outfit on a three-year deal in the summer of 2013.

While barely featuring in his first two seasons at the club, Kone has played in all eight Premier League matches this term and has struck up a decent partnership with Romelu Lukaku, scoring twice.

With indecision over his role at Goodison Park, Kone has edged towards the expiration of his contract without much notice but now the Toffees are keen to get it sorted.

As reported by the Daily Star, the club will sit down with the striker in January and discuss a 12-month extension to his current £30k-a-week deal.

Growing importance:

Kone featured just 17 times in the league during his first two seasons with the Toffees, scoring once.

However, he has now found a place in the team in a somewhat wide forward role where he has been allowed to utilise his dribbling ability and intelligence in one vs one situations.

Aside from his two goals this campaign, Kone also has two assists to his name and his versatility in the final third makes him an ideal player to have around in the squad.

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