PSV tie up Kone deal
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
PSV have completed the signing of Arouna Kone from Roda JC Kerkrade.PSV Eindhoven have completed the signing of Arouna Kone from Roda JC Kerkrade.
The Dutch champions had been given a deadline of Wednesday to seal a deal for the Ivory Coast striker, after Roda became frustrated by the impasse in talks.
Roda were fearful of a reprise of last year when Kone agreed to join Ajax before the buyers pulled out, claiming the forward had a heart condition.
Subsequent tests proved that to be wrong and Kone has passed a medical to join PSV on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent arrangement.
PSV are believed to be paying é¼1 million (£700,000) to take Kone for this season, with the future fee not disclosed.
Kone is delighted to be moving to Philips Stadion and feels he is ready to grace the stage of a bigger club.
"I am very happy," said Kone at his unveiling. "For me, PSV are a fantastic club.
"They are one of the best teams in the Netherlands. After two seasons at Roda JC, I am ready to take this step."
Benfica had also been interested in the 21-year-old but lacked the funds to push through a deal for Kone, who has scored twice in two Eredivisie appearances this season.
Kone will not be eligible to play for PSV in the group phase of the UEFA Champions League, having appeared in the InterToto Cup for Roda, although he can play in Europe's premier club competition if his new club advance to the second round.