Arouna Kone celebrates scoring the fifth goal for Everton in the 6-2 win over Sunderland
According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton’s Arouna Kone has become a top target for Chinese clubs.
The Ivory Coast international joined Everton from Wigan Athletic in 2013, following Roberto Martinez to Goodison Park after the Spaniard had brought him to England from Spanish side Levante.
Kone, 32, has only ever been a versatile squad player during his time at Everton yet he did manage to strike up a potent partnership with fellow striker Romelu Lukaku earlier in the campaign.
He enjoyed his best goal scoring form in a Toffees shirt, netting five times including a hat-trick as the Merseyside club routed Sunderland 6-2 in arguably their best performance of the season.
However, his good form was short-lived and he struggled to make an impact in the second half of the campaign, prompting plenty of questions over this future at the club.
Last season Kone signed a 12-month extension to allow Everton the chance to get a nominal fee for him this summer, and it’s looking likely the club will take up this option now that Martinez has been dismissed.
Expected new boss Ronald Koeman will look to bring in his own players, and it would come as a surprise to see him stick with Kone considering there is reported interest in his services.
The report claims Chinese Super League clubs are keen on the 32-year-old, and with money aplenty it may not take too much persuading to see the striker leave the Premier League for Asia.