Everton striker Arouna Kone is reportedly free to leave Everton before the transfer window slams shut at 11pm on Tuesday night.
The Ivorian would ideally like to remain in the Premier League according to a report in the ?Liverpool Echo, but with time fast running out till the window closes, Kone’s Toffees nightmare could yet continue.
The 33-year-old has hardly featured under Ronald Koeman this season, and has played second-fiddle to Romelu Lukaku pretty much since he signed from Chelsea in 2013, having spent his first season on loan at the club.
The Dutchman has confirmed Kone is free to leave the club, and it will now be down to the player and his representatives to sanction a move away from Goodison Park.
Were Kone to leave, he would follow Oumar Niasse, Tom Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu, who have all left the club on loan, and Darron Gibson who has joined up with old boss David Moyes at struggling Sunderland.
Koeman confirmed on Monday that there had been offers for the former Wigan Athletic striker, with speculation linking him to Championship side QPR.
But it is understood that he would prefer to stay in England’s top flight. One potential suitor could be Sunderland, who look all but certain to have failed in their pursuit to land Leonardo Ulloa after making three unsuccessful bids for the player on transfer deadline day.
It could mean that the Black Cats now turn their attention to out of favour Kone, who is unlikely to get game time since he is behind Lukaku, Kevin Mirallas and Enner Valencia in the pecking order.?