Latics complete Kone capture

  • Last Updated: August 14 2012, 20:36 BST

Wigan have signed Arouna Kone from Levante for a fee understood to be £2.7million, with the striker signing a three-year deal at the DW Stadium after passing a medical.

Kone: Moves to DW Stadium on three-year deal

The highly-rated frontman burst onto the scene during his time in Holland, with productive spells at Roda JC and PSV Eindhoven.

Sevilla swooped for his services in 2007, but Kone struggled to produce his best in the Primera Liga.

Loan stints at Hannover and Levante allowed him to get back among the goals, and he found the target on 17 occasions last season.

That return was enough to catch the eye of those in the Premier League, and Wigan have won the race for his signature.

The deal represents good business for Levante, as they only exercised the right to make his loan deal permanent earlier in the summer.

"Wigan Athletic are delighted to announce the signing of Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone on a three-year-deal after completing his move from La Liga side Levante for an undisclosed fee," a statement on the club's website read.

"The 28-year-old becomes Roberto Martinez's fourth signing of the summer transfer window and is on the back of a prolific season in Spain's top flight, scoring 15 goals to finish as the division's joint-ninth top scorer.

"At international level the striker has made 35 appearances for Ivory Coast and scored nine goals, making his debut in 2004 against Tunisia."