Last Updated: Sat, 08 Jun 2013 15:13
Liverpool are planning to do battle with Merseyside rivals Everton in a bid to seal the transfer of Wigan striker Arouna Kone.
New Toffees boss Roberto Martinez was linked with a host of his former players including Kone immediately following his appointment as David Moyes' successor at Goodison Park.
However, the 29-year-old's form for the Latics in the Premier League last season didn't go unnoticed in other quarters with Reds manager Brendan Rodgers amongst the forward's admirers.
Wigan are resigned to the fact that many of their better players will leave the DW Stadium this summer in the wake of their relegation from the top-flight.
The Ivorian himself is free to move on if another club triggers a £6.5m release clause in his contract, and for a proven goalscorer who bagged 13 goals for the FA Cup winners, that is a fee neither Everton or Liverpool would mind paying.
Rodgers will firm up his interest once Luis Suarez's future has been resolved after the Uruguayan expressed his desire to leave England after one bad headline too many.
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