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Friday Toffeelinks - Kone transfer latest, Ghana winger and Spanish teenager linked

The Arouna Kone transfer saga rumbles on and dominates today's Toffeelinks.....

Chris Brunskill

Everton still confident of Kone deal - Liverpool Daily Post
Roberto Martinez is hoping he will still be able to complete a deal to be reunited with Arouna Kone despite a last-ditch attempt by Newcastle United to hijack the move.

Newcastle's pursuit of Kone looks doomed as striker prepares to join Everton - The Northern Echo
Newcastle United have made a last-ditch attempt to hijack Arouna Kone's proposed move to Everton, but the Wigan striker is still expected to rejoin his former boss, Roberto Martinez, at Goodison Park.

There are two schools of opinion on this. One, Everton are skint and trying to short change Wigan, who will obviously look to sell to the highest bidder. Or, two, Everton know Kone wants to to come to Everton so they are trying to eek out the best deal knowing they hold all the aces.

Should Kone make the move, then this article is worth a read:

Is Kone the right man for Everton? |
The ever-excellent Executioners Bong takes a closer look at Everton's potential new striker.

More transfer rumours:

Liverpool, Everton on alert as Porto are ready to cash in on Ghanaian prodigy Atsu - Ghanasoccernet
Portuguese giants Porto are now ready to cash in on their Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu, alerting Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Tottenham and Everton battle it out over Spanish player - Daily Express
Tottenham and Everton are chasing Spanish teenager Gerard Deulofeu. Barcelona want their B winger, 19, to go out on a season-long loan.

Over at the official site....

Martinez: New Staff Vital - The Official Website
The new Blues boss delighted to boost his backroom team with three former members of his staff at the DW Stadium.

Victor Intent On Impressing - The Official Website
With the players back at Finch Farm Victor Anichebe is keen to catch the new manager's eye during pre-season.