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Forward to leave Everton at end of season

The Ivory Coast hitman enjoyed an up and down Blues’ career.

Everton v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

If it seemed inevitable, well, that’s because it was. Ronald Koeman announced in his press conference today that 33 year old striker Arouna Kone will leave Everton when his contract expires at the end of this season.

Kone, a one time Ivory Coast international, notched 10 goals and 3 assists in his 60 appearance Everton career. Four of the scores came against lower league teams Yeovil Town, Carlisle United, and Dagenham & Redbridge. Three others came in what you’d have to call Kone’s high water mark as an Evertonian, with a hat trick against Sunderland.

The Ivorian’s overall career has been that of a journeyman - he’s played for nine teams - and it’s likely his Everton transfer benefited from being managed by Roberto Martinez at Wigan Athletic in 2012-13.

Where Kone goes next is anyone’s guess. Everton won’t miss his minimal on field contributions, however, this trademark celebration is one of the best around.

With that, Everton’s search for a reliable backup striker continues. Good luck, Arouna!