Monday, 6th August, 2012

A trio of English Premier League clubs are interested in snapping up Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone from Levante this summer.

According to Valencia-based daily Super Deporte, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland have all cast their gaze in the direction of the former Sevilla hitman, who is likely to be sold for the right price, and Levante are braced for bids to arrive.

Kone moved to Levante just last summer, on loan from Sevilla, and helped the club surprise much of La Liga, even topping the table at one point before falling back during the second half of the campaign.

Levante however still finished sixth and Kone found the back of the net an impressive 15 times in 34 games, with one of his strikes handing the club a famous 1-0 victory over eventual champions Real Madrid.

At the end of the season, Levante exercised their option to take Kone from Sevilla on a permanent basis, but his stay looks set to be a short one.

With a need to balance the books, Levante are believed to be open to offers for the 28-year-old and a move to the Premier League could fit the bill for Kone.

The striker has clocked up 35 caps for the Ivory Coast with nine goals scored in those appearances. He counts Roda JC and PSV Eindhoven amongst his former clubs.
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