Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Adding Arouna Kone Would Boost Reds' Attack

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2013

Liverpool and Everton are both eyeing Wigan striker Arouna Kone.
Liverpool and Everton are both eyeing Wigan striker Arouna Kone.Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Liverpool is on a quest to thwart Everton's courting of Wigan's Arouna Kone.

The Sun's David Facey reported that Liverpool is looking to acquire the 29-year-old striker in hopes of easing Luis Suarez's probable departure. Everton also expressed interest before Liverpool swooped in to discuss a transfer.

For the Reds to snag Kone, they would have to deal with his £6.5 million release clause. It's worth the money for a squad about to lose its main source of offense.

Last year, Kone scored 11 goals and dished out five assists in the Barclays Premier League. Although Liverpool finished with the fourth-highest goal total, 23 of those scores came courtesy of Suarez, who has loudly expressed his desire to skip town.

According to Andy Hunter of The Guardian, the team will abide by his requests if someone pays a lofty price tag.

Kone is not a perfect fix, but he'll at least generate some of the firepower that would be lost if Suarez gets his wish.  

Not only would Liverpool bolster its attack with Kone, it'd also block a rival from doing the same. Everton, despite tallying 16 less goals, topped Liverpool in the standings by two points. As both teams seek reinforcements to propel up the ranks, Kone could tilt the power structure between the dueling clubs.

Everton recently hired former Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, who praised Kone last December, according to the Mirror's David Anderson.

We’re so pleased with Arouna. He has been a joy to work with. I have never seen a foreign player arrive in England and adapt so quickly and be able to be himself. He has shown he can cope with the physicality of the league and on top of that, he has incredible finishing ability and technical quality. We’ve been extremely blessed to have Arouna in our dressing room.

With Martinez now managing the Toffees, it would make sense for them to pursue a player that he holds in such high regard. But that doesn't mean they will be able to keep up with the Reds if the bidding escalates.