Sam Allardyce reacts to reports claiming Sunderland have agreed to sign Lamine Kone

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Sunderland have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Lamine Kone.

Speaking to the Chronicle, Sam Allardyce has clarified the situation surrounding Lamine Kone, and the deal that has reportedly been struck between Sunderland and the defender.

Allardyce said: “We hear he’s available and because I’ve watched him, it apparently means I’m going to sign him! There’s no offers or conversations with Lorient at this moment of time.”

Allardyce has confirmed he has wachted the Lorient defender ahead of the January transfer window, although he went to deny that any deals have yet been agreed with Lorient, or even talks started with the Ligue 1 club.

This is a different view as to what was reported by French media outlet L’Equipe earlier this week, who claimed that Sunderland have reached an agreement for the transfer of the centre-half.

A 26-year-old Ivorian international, Kone can also play at right-back, and is clearly liked but those in charge at the Stadium of Light.

Improving the defence looks be to be key priority for Allardyce in January, but any deal for Kone is nowhere near as far along as originally believed.

The Lorient star may still join the Black Cats, but Allardyce will look at a number of other targets before agreeing on a decision.

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