Report: Sunderland resurrect bid to sign Lorient's Lamine Kone in controversial deal

Sunderland are reportedly rekindling their interest in Lorient defender Lamine Kone.

According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland are reviving their bid to sign Lorient defender Lamine Kone, after the deal had seemingly collapsed last week.

The Black Cats snapped up Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff last week, with Sam Allardyce looking to add to his squad in a bid to achieve Premier League survival.

Last week, Sunderland looked to be on the verge of signing Lorient centre back Lamine Kone, but the French club slammed Sunderland's conduct having cancelled the deal at the last minute, despite the Ivorian international completing a medical, as reported by The Guardian.

Then, the Daily Mail noted that Lorient were pursuing legal action against Sunderland for their conduct, with a fine or points deduction a possibility.

Yet, after seeing his Sunderland side lost 3-1 at Arsenal in the FA Cup on Saturday, it seems that Allardyce is still keen on signing another defender - and he is allegedly renewing his bid for Kone.

The Daily Mail report that Sunderland are returning to try and sign the 27-year-old as Allardyce looks to tighten up his defence with the addition of Kone, who is a strong and athletic centre back - but there must be concerns over any potential deal.

Lorient are fuming with Sunderland as it is, whilst Kone will surely have been affected by having his dream Premier League transfer cancelled at the 11th hour.

Sunderland have to rebuild their relationship with club and player if they are to finally land Kone during this month's transfer window, in what is becoming a complicated and controversial deal.

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