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Newcastle transfer news: Club join race for Kone
4th July 2013 9:50am BST
Newcastle United have made a dramatic late entrance into the race for Wigan Athletic striker Arouna Kone - in a bid to hijack his move to Everton.
Toon boss Mike Ashley has told Latics he will pay £5 million for the Ivory Coast hit man and has been given permission to talk to him.
Kone was due to close a move to Goodison and team up with former Wigan chief Roberto Martinez, but now he has two choices.
Newcastle will pay the £5m up front that Latics owner Dave Whelan is demanding and are happy to compete at the death and try to talk Kone round.
Kone was a big success in his debut season in the Premier League and was chased by Norwich and Swansea City before Everton showed their hand.
Despite Kone saying that he prefers Everton the door is just slightly open for Newcastle who badly want the powerful and skillful African.
Kone will not be at Wigan for pre-season training today as he sorts out his future, with an unexpected alternative on his mind.
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