Premier League strugglers Sunderland are facing an uphill task to keep hold of their first-team players and are likely to witness a players’ exodus once the transfer window reopens in January.
One of the key player being heavily linked with a winter departure is Lamine Kone, the highly-rated defender who had a big hand in helping the Black Cats avoid relegation last season after arriving from French side Lorient in a £5 million transfer.
The 27-year-old Ivorian international is sharing the poor form with his side this season however, as David Moyes’ team sits at the bottom of the Premier League table.
A winter departure is on the cards for the defender according to Mirror, with West Ham reportedly exploring an option of adding Kone to their ranks in order to tighten up the leaky defence.
Everton were also linked with the Ivorian defender in the summer and are reportedly ready to rekindle their interest for the 27-year-old.