New West Ham United boss David Moyes is interested in a deal for Sunderland defender Lamine Kone, according to reports in The Mirror.
The former Black Cats boss could be keen to launch a raid on his former side, after being impressed by the Ivorian during his time in charge at the Stadium of Light.
£6.3m-rated Kone has been a regular in the Sunderland back line since joining from Lorient for an undisclosed fee in 2016, but could be available for a cut-price fee in January as Sunderland look to balance the books following a period of unsustainable spending during their time in the Premier League.
The Ivorian was forced to pull out of the weekend’s defeat to Middlesbrough having picked up a knee injury in training, and is set to be ruled out for around six weeks as he recovers from the knock, paving the way for a January switch.
Fans have been highly critical of Kone in recent weeks following a string of below par performances, and there will not be many disappointed to see the Ivorian depart, providing the club can secure a sizeable fee for the player.
Sunderland seriously need to sell before they can buy, and whoever the new manager will be, he seriously needs to invest if the Black Cats are to avoid the indignity of back-to-back relegations.
Kone is surplus to requirements at the Stadium of Light now, and Sunderland will certainly listen to any forthcoming offers that come their way.
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