The Latics have completed the signing of Ivory Coast international Arouna Kone, on a 3 year deal from La Liga side Levante.
He becomes Roberto Martinez’s fourth signing of the window, and is a major signal of intent from the Spaniard as he prepares his side for the new season.
The 28 year old Ivorian international, bagged 15 goals last season including the winner against Real Madrid, and a result helped secure European football.
He’s made 35 appearances for the Ivory Coast, netting on 9 occasions, and has lead the line with former Chelsea man Didier Drogba.
He comes with major competition experience, having appeared at the World Cup, African Cup of Nations and Champions League.
Manager Martinez was delighted with the capture: “He’s a player we have chased for a long time, we know him really well, he comes with European football experience and he’s strong with a clinical touch and brings something different to the team.”
Martinez will be delighted to land an out and out goalscorer, with only Henri Camara ever managing getting into double figures since the club’s promotion into the top flight.
Kone’s arrival will relieve some of the pressure from last season’s leading front man Franco Di Santo, and he will be seen as the perfect replacement for Hugo Rodallega who moved to Fulham following his release.
Connor Sammon is widely expected to leave the club before the end of the month with Derby County linked with the Irishman. As for the returning Mauro Boselli he is expected to be given a chance to show his worth but for now will have to do so from the bench.
The future of Callum McManaman is yet to be resolved, he could well provide cover or potentially be sent out on loan.
Kone will link up with his new team mates in time for the visit of European Champions Chelsea, on Sunday afternoon, and will be expected to lead the line.