According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland are closing in on a loan deal for Lorient defender Lamine Kone after a lengthy transfer saga.
The Black Cats have already snapped up one defender, landing German Jan Kirchhoff from Bayern Munich - but he endured a nightmare debut against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
Manager Sam Allardyce may well be keen to land another defender, and the seemingly never-ending saga surrounding Lorient's Ivorian international defender Lamine Kone may finally be reaching a conclusion.
Sky Sports reported at the end of last month that Sunderland's £5m bid to sign Kone, 27, had been accepted by Lorient - but then the situation became incredibly complicated.
The Guardian's report just a week later stated that Lorient were furious with Sunderland for cancelling the deal, before the Daily Mail noted that the French club were seeking legal action against the Black Cats as a result of the collapsed transfer.
Finally, Kone's move to the Stadium of Light could finally be coming to fruition, with the Daily Mail now reporting that Kone will be signing for Sunderland on loan until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent deal at the end of the season.
After a lengthy saga, manager Allardyce will be praying that Kone has been worth both the trouble and the wait, and aid a Sunderland defence which has already leaked ten goals in four games in 2016.