Fulham could be set to bolster their frontline as manager Martin Jol is linked with a swoop for Levante’s Ivorian hitman Arouna Kone.
The Cottagers’ forward line has already had some surgery this summer, as Pavel Pogrebnyak and Andy Johnson joined Reading and QPR respectively – they have though been replaced by Wigan’s Hugo Rodallega and former Hamburg striker Mladen Petric.
Jol’s first season in charge ended with Fulham in 9th place, a good start to his stint in West London, but now the club is looking to really progress this season, therefore firepower is needed.
And today’s Daily Mirror says that Jol has lined up Arouna Kone as a prospective signing. Kone’s career was seemingly heading in a downward spiral after a torrid spell with Sevilla, where he scored just 1 goal in 40 games. This was followed up with an uninspiring loan deal with German side Hannover, where he scored twice in 8 appearances.
But his career re-ignited with a move to Levante, where he fired the team to the Europa League with 17 goals in just 34 games – he was left out of the final few games of the season because if he scored 18 goals then he automatically had to return to Sevilla – which he didn’t want to do. Subsequently, Kone signed for Levante permanently but could still be sold.
Levante have history of doing this – last summer they signed loanee Felipe Caicedo only to sell him on for huge profit and it looks like Kone could go the same way. £7m is the fee mooted and whilst that seems like good business for a striker who has scored 17 goals last season, Kone turns 29 in November and would offer little or no resale value – something Fulham have to be wary of.
Given his fairly poor record over the last few years, could it be that his spell at Levante was simply a flash in the pan? To me, they’d be better off upping their bid for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes.
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