Report: Sunderland agree to sign Lamine Kone, defender to become Allardyce's frst signing

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Sunderland have reportedly agreed to sign Lorient defender Lamine Kone.

According to French newspaper L'Equipe, Sunderland have reached an agreement with Ligue 1 side Lorient over the signing of Lamine Kone.

The Black Cats are looking to survive in the Premier League this season, and as they sit second bottom of the table, manager Sam Allardyce may be looking for defensive reinforcements in January.

Now, L'Equipe report that Sunderland have agreed a deal with French side Lorient for the signing of centre back Lamine Kone in January.

The 26-year-old defender has been a regular for Lorient ever since joining from Chateauroux in 2010, and his performances in France appear to have triggered interest in his signature.

An Ivorian international, Kone is a physically impressive defender who can also play at right back, making him a potentially versatile option in Allardyce's defence.

It's stated that Sunderland and Lorient have agreed a deal worth 'several million euros' over Kone, with the move set to go through in January according to the report, whilst it's also noted that agent Mark McKay - who brought Diafra Sakho to West Ham under Allardyce's reign - has helped facilitate the deal.

That would make Kone the first signing under Allardyce, and Sunderland fans may be expecting more transfer deals next month as they big for Premier League survival.

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