Newcastle’s Bid For Striker Confirmed
Now BBC Sport’s Phil McNulty has confirmed that Newcastle’s bid for Wigan’s Arouna Kone has been accepted and it is now up to Kone himself to decide.
“Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan is perfectly happy with the offers from both Everton And Newcastle. Will be totally down to Kone to decide.”
It would appear that Kone had a contract clause on relegation where he’d be able to move if anybody offered £5m, so what Dave Whelan would or wouldn’t like to happen is maybe irrelevant.
Whelan isn’t shy of playing games though and interesting to see that Everton’s (ex-Wigan!) manager Roberto Martinez had this to say to the Liverpool Echo when news ‘leaked out’ that the scousers had made a bid;
“Nothing has been confirmed with Arouna (Kone) but it has been made public that we have made an approach and we are still dealing with it.”
Interesting to see how hard Mike Ashley is prepared to go because it would appear fair to assume that the level of wages on offer could be the crucial factor.
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