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Everton eye strong finish against Swansea after locking up seventh place

Defeat at home to Chelsea last time out demonstrated the gap between the two teams that Everton are attempting to narrow. This season marks the start of that process, although 3-0 and 5-0 defeats in games against the champions-elect highlight the work still to do.

Additional strength in reserve underlined the contrast between two teams at varying stages in their development. Chelsea turned to Cesc Fabregas and Willian while the home side called on 33-year-old Arouna Kone, who is almost nine months...

Crystal Palace eye move for Everton striker Arouna Kone - sources

Arouna Kone
Arouna Kone has found playing time hard to come by.

Crystal Palace are lining up a late move for Everton striker Arouna Kone, sources close to the London club have told ESPN FC.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman confirmed earlier this week Kone could leave before Tuesday's transfer deadline after dropping down the pecking order at Goodison Park.

The Ivory Coast international has made just six appearances for Everton this season with his last coming in the FA Cup defeat to Leicester.

Kone joined Everton in the summer of 2013 in a £6 million deal from...

Roberto Martinez needs to end Arouna Kone experiment after Spurs draw

Everton and Tottenham served up an almost expected 1-1 draw at Goodison Park on Sunday, with both teams sharing the points for the ninth time this season.

Everton took the lead against the run of play in the first half thanks to a well-struck Aaron Lennon goal against his former club. It was the home team's first effort of the match and Lennon's first goal of the season.

The visitors looked the likely winners for long periods, however, and the belated Everton recovery owed much to the kind of early...

 By Mike Whalley

Everton's Arouna Kone backed by Gareth Barry to maintain form

Arouna Kone will prove his doubters wrong, according to Everton teammate Gareth Barry, after overcoming a career-threatening knee injury to win a new contract.

Kone, 31, had a difficult first two seasons at Goodison Park after a £5 million move from Wigan in July 2013.

The Ivory Coast international did not play for 14 months after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage in the October following his arrival, and there were fears that he may not be able to play again.

Even when the striker regained...

 By Mike Whalley

Arouna Kone vows to repay Everton faith after fitness battle

Arouna Kone scored one Premier League goal last season.

Everton striker Arouna Kone says he is ready to prove that he is finally over his injury problems.

Kone, 31, re-established himself in the side over the second half of last season after 14 months out with knee ligament damage sustained in October 2013.

At one stage, manager Roberto Martinez had to dismiss suggestions that the Ivory Coast international's career was in jeopardy.

Kone managed 16 appearances in total last season, but has still to show his best form for Everton. The forward, 31, has...

 By Mike Whalley

Arouna Kone injury 'not serious' - Everton

Roberto Martinez gave his reaction on Sunday after QPR went down 2-1 at home to Everton in the Premier League.
Arouna Kone has made eight Premier League appearances this season.

Everton striker Arouna Kone's knee injury is not a long-term problem, the club have said.

The Ivory Coast international, though, remains a doubt for the club's next Premier League match, at home to Southampton on April 4.

Kone was injured in the build-up to Aaron Lennon's decisive goal in a 2-1 league victory at Queens Park Rangers last Sunday.

The 31-year-old did not make a first-team appearance for 14 months after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage in October 2013.

But Everton have indicated...