Report claims Sunderland star Lamine Kone may leave after Allardyce's exit, West Brom alerted

Lamine Kone scores the second goal for Sunderland

Lamine Kone is being linked with a move to Leicester City or West Bromwich Albion.

Lamine Kone scores the second goal for SunderlandLamine Kone scores the second goal for Sunderland against Everton

According to Sunday's edition of The Sun, Sunderland defender Lamine Kone could leave the club following Sam Allardyce's departure, with Leicester and West Brom both keen.

Allardyce left Sunderland on Friday in order to take the job as England manager, but the Black Cats moved quickly to replace him by landing David Moyes as their new boss. 

Sunderland's Lamine Kone in action with Crystal Palace's Jordon MutchSunderland's Lamine Kone in action with Crystal Palace's Jordon Mutch

However, Allardyce's exit may trigger more departures, and The Sun claimed today that defender Lamine Kone is considering an exit this summer, with two Premier League clubs keen.

Kone, 26, joined Sunderland from French side Lorient in January, and was a huge success for Allardyce as the Ivorian was a major factor in Sunderland's survival from relegation.

Fast, strong and committed in the tackle, Kone's performances appear to have attracted interest - and having seen Allardyce go, he could be tempted to leave Wearside.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce reactsEx-Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

It's claimed that Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion are both keen on Kone, despite the defender having a Twitter row with Baggies winger James McClean last season.

Sunderland won't want to lose Kone having impressed so much last season, but the chance to play in the Champions League with Leicester may be incredibly appealing for the centre back.

Sunderland's Lamine Kone in action with Watford's Troy DeeneySunderland's Lamine Kone in action with Watford's Troy Deeney

Ultimately, it seems unlikely that Kone would up sticks just because of Allardyce's exit. It may be disappointing to see him go, but Kone has only been at Sunderland for six months, and with the Black Cats looking to build their defence around him, he should look to stay at the Stadium of Light.

Kone should be a key player for Moyes too, and Sunderland to West Brom seems like marginally more than a sideways move anyway, meaning that unless a top club do come calling, Kone should look to impress under Moyes, just as he did under Allardyce.

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