According to The Sun, Lorient defender Lamine Kone has rejected a move to Sunderland, again.
The newspaper laim that the two clubs had agreed upon an initial loan with the option of a permanent transfer but the defender has rather bluntly rejected the move.
“Kone is fuming at the way he was treated when he went to Wearside a fortinight ago. He is also unhappy to be offered a loan deal with a view to a full-time switch in the summer,”The Sun report.
Sunderland looked set to sign the defender one week ago contract talks hit a bump when the Black Cats instead opted for former Bayern Munich man Jan Kirchhoff.
The Guardian reported on that occasion that Sunderland then tried to change the pre-contract agreement, but Lorient were left outraged by the decision and the deal was ultimately called off.
Now, after much speculation, the two clubs are said to have come to another agreement but in rather bizarre turn of events this time the player has turned it down.
Sunderland have given their survival hopes a real boost with victory over Swansea City in midweek, yet the club’s defence remains a potential problem and further additions have been sounded out.
Kone, an Ivory Coast international, has started 15 top-flight matches for the French side this season and has demonstrated his ability, averaging an impressive six clearances per match.
With Sam Allardyce’s side keen on another defender he would have been an ideal addition. However, the club’s inability to secure a deal at the first time of asking may now come back to haunt them.