WIGAN Athletic have pulled off a major coup in the transfer market by snapping up Ivory Coast hotshot Arouna Kone.
The Levante striker becomes Roberto Martinez’s fourth summer signing – and his second in the space of 48 hours – after penning a three-year deal.
Kone joins for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £5m, which takes Martinez’s total spending to around the £10m mark.
The 28-year-old fired 15 goals last year on loan at Levante from Sevilla, helping them qualify for the Europa League with a sixth-placed finish.
Levante took up their option to buy him on a permanent basis for a cut-price fee at the end of last term, and have opted to cash in immediately with his stock sky-high.
Prior to arriving in Spain, Kone spent four years in Holland, where he established himself as one of the deadliest marksmen in the Eredivisie.
An impressive 27 goals in 63 appearances for Roda JC led to a move to PSV Eindhoven, where he bagged 21 goals in 53 games as they twice won the league title.
He’s scored nine goals in 35 appearances for the Ivory Coast, having appeared at the African Nations Cup in both 2006 and 2008, as well as the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Martinez has already brought in Aberdeen midfielder Fraser Fyvie and Real Mallorca centre-back Ivan Ramis this summer, with Arsenal’s exciting young winger Ryo Miyaichi joining on a season-long loan on Monday.