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Guus Hiddink is delighted that Arouna Koné has decided to join PSV. He said so at the official presentation to the press in the Eindhoven Philips Stadium on Tuesday afternoon. Greatly interestedThe number on the back of that shirt is 10. The Ivory Coaster, who passed a medical earlier on the day, is eligible for PSV as from today. "I am glad he has made this choice. We have attempted to tie up a deal before, so we have always been greatly interested in him." Hiddink said that the fact that Koné will not be eligible to play for PSV in the Champions League group games has not stood in the way to start negotiations."It’s a shame, but we have to accept that. We are delighted that he will strengthen our attacking options. He is threatening, delivers assists and creates chances for his team mates. It’s great to have many strikers up front at our disposal." Loan dealThe negotiations with Roda JC were completed quickly, according to Hiddink They resulted into a loan deal until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal. It has not been revealed yet whether he will make an appearance in the domestic league clash against Roda next Sunday afternoon. Koné himself announced that he would find it hard to face his former colleagues. Hiddink: "The deal has been completed and he is eligible. But we will take certain issues into account and that goes for personal interests, too." Hiddink explained that there is no stipulation in the contract saying that it had been agreed that Koné would not be allowed to play next Sunday.