Lorient confirm Sunderland deal: Lamine Kone could become Allardyce's first signing by Saturday

Lorient defender Lamine Kone is seemingly on the verge of a move to Sunderland.

Lorient vice-president Alex Hayes has told French newspaper Ouest-France that an agreement has been reached with Sunderland for the transfer of defender Lamine Kone.

Kone, 26, has been a regular for Lorient ever since joining from Chateauroux back in 2010, and has now racked up well over 100 appearances for the Ligue 1 side.

Despite being born in Paris, Kone is a one-cap Ivory Coast international, and he has produced impressive displays in France, which now appear to have given the defender his big move.

Recent reports from L'Equipe suggested that Sunderland had agreed a deal to sign Kone in January, and those suggestions have now been proved correct.

Lorient's English-born vice-president Alex Hayes has been speaking to French newspaper Ouest-France today, and confirmed that a bid from Sunderland for Kone has now been accepted.

"We received an offer that was accepted," said Hayes. "It is now up to Lamine find an agreement with Sunderland and undergo a medical before the transfer can be made ​​official," he added.

The report from Ouest-France also states that the deal could be completed by Saturday, when the January transfer window opens.

That would make Kone, who can play at centre back or right back, Sam Allardyce's first signing as Black Cats boss, in what will surely be a key transfer window for Sunderland.

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