Report: Aston Villa, West Ham and Sunderland all tracking Lamine Kone

West Ham, Aston Villa and Sunderland all want to sign Lamine Kone.

According to ESPN, Lamine Kone has been targeted by a select group of Premier League sides, having proven his talents with Lorient in the French Ligue 1.

The 26-year-old was a summer target of Sunderland and West Ham, and both teams are continuing to track the centre-back, whilst Remi Garde holds a long-term interest in Lone and is now looking at him as a potential Aston Villa signing.

Speaking to ESPN, his agent confirmed the growing interest in Kone, admitting that a number of teams are set to scout the defender when Lorient play PSG after the international break.

The agent said: “There is mounting interest in Lamine and a number of Premier League clubs have been watching him for some time now. I believe several sides are set to watch him in action when Lorient play Paris Saint-Germain in the first game after the international break.”

Who is Lamine Kone?

Kone, 26, is a centre-back who has spent his entire playing career in France. After staring at Chateauroux, where he made 78 appearances, Kone moved to Lorient in 2010, and has since played 129 times in all competitions.

He has established himself as a solid and dependable centre-back, and although he was a French Under-20 international in his youth - playing eight games - he has taken up the offer to play for Ivory Coast’s senior team, making his debut in 2014.

Renowned for his strength and positioning skills, Kone has played 10 league games this season. Per game, he has averaged 0.9 tackles, 2.2 interceptions and 5.3 clearances, and holds a respectable 79% passing completion rate.

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