Sunderland have added another new defender to their ranks.
The 25-year-old is predominantly a centre-back although he can also play as a right-back if required, and his signing ends a drawn-out pursuit for his services.
Kone signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Sunderland after moving from French club Lorient and he will now be tasked with helping the Black Cats avoid relegation this season.
Sam Allardyce’s side are currently 19th in the Premier League, four points clear of safety with 15 games remaining, and they have set about strengthening in key areas this month as they attempt to maintain their top-flight status.
Speaking to safc.com, Kone said, “My expectation is to play as much as possible here because I’ve always wanted to play in the Premier League.
“My type of game is to be a strong player who is quick as well; I love English football and I’m also good with my head so hopefully you will see my quality.”
Allardyce will certainly be hoping Kone hits the ground running and with 20 first-team appearances for Lorient this season he will not take time to get match-fit, unlike fellow January signing Jan Kirchhoff.