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Friday 23 February 2018

Ivorians who have played in the Premier League

Didier Drogba enjoyed a glittering career at Chelsea
Didier Drogba enjoyed a glittering career at Chelsea

Eric Bailly has completed his move from Villarreal to Manchester United to become the latest player from the Ivory Coast to play in the Premier League.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at 11 other Ivorians who plied their trade in the English top flight.

Didier Drogba

Signed from Marseille for £24million in 2004, the muscular striker hit 104 Premier League goals in nine hugely successful seasons for Chelsea, helping them to four titles. Also scored in four FA Cup finals and is the club's fourth highest goalscorer.

Yaya Toure

Scored the goal which ended Manchester City's 35-year trophy drought in the 2011 FA Cup final against Stoke. The powerhouse midfielder went on to help City to two Premier League titles and two League Cups.

Kolo Toure

Yaya's brother arrived in the Premier League with Arsenal in 2002 and was part of the 'invincibles' side of 2003/04. The defender teamed up with his sibling at City and became one of only six players to have won the title with two different clubs.

Wilfried Bony

One of the signings of 2013/14 when he arrived at Swansea from Vitesse Arnhem, the frontman plundered 26 goals in 54 games to earn a £28million switch to Manchester City. Yet to hold down a regular place in the City attack, however.

Cheick Tiote

Joined Newcastle from FC Twente for £3.5million and made 138 top-flight appearances, scoring his solitary goal with the late equaliser in a 4-4 draw against Arsenal. Combative midfielder could not prevent the Magpies' relegation last term.

Arouna Kone

Burst onto the scene with 11 Premier League goals for Wigan in 2012/13. Moved to Everton the following season but missed almost the entire campaign through injury and is yet to recapture the form he showed with the Latics.

Lamine Kone

Centre-half who arrived at relegation-threatened Sunderland from Lorient in January. Scored a late winner against Manchester United and netted twice in the 3-0 win over Everton which secured survival for Sam Allardyce's side.

Salomon Kalou

Hardly prolific but a nevertheless reliable striker who in six years with Chelsea won a Premier League title, four FA Cups and the Champions League. Scored 36 goals in 156 top-flight appearances before moves to Lille and Hertha Berlin.


Arrived at Arsenal in 2011 with a big reputation which he never really lived up to. Most notable contribution was probably getting sent off on his Premier League debut for slapping Joey Barton. Scored nine top-flight goals in two seasons.

Max Gradel

Having played in the lower divisions for Bournemouth, Leicester and Leeds, the winger finally reached the Premier League when Bournemouth brought him back from France last summer. However, injury saw him miss most of the season.

Emmanuel Eboue

Right-back who spent seven seasons with Arsenal but became something of a figure of fun due to some erratic displays. Won three runners-up medals, including one in the Champions League final defeat by Barcelona.

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