Premier League basement club Sunderland have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Ivorian defender Lamine Kone from Lorient, L’Equipe has suggested.
The Black Cats sit deep in the relegation zone, boasting the worst defensive record in the elite division, so it is hardly surprising they are desperate for defensive reinforcements.
According to L’Equipe, Sunderland are close to securing the first signing of the winter transfer window, having agreed a deal with Lorient for centre-back Lamine Kone.
The 26-year-old has spent his entire career up to date in France, playing for Chateauroux and Lorient, where he developed into one of Ligue 1’s top defenders.
Kone has so far amassed 123 Ligue 1 appearances for les Merlus, scoring 7 goals in the process, and he clearly did enough to earn a lucrative move to the Stadium of Light.
The Ivorian is expected to increase competition for places in the heart of defence, with John O’Shea, Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Coates and Wes Brown his rivals for the starting place.