Lamine Kone is ready to shun interest from Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton
Sunderland's Lamine Kone scores against Borussia Dortmund
Kone, 27, joined Sunderland from Lorient back in January, and he repaid Sam Allardyce's faith in him with a series of outstanding performances during the club's fight against relegation.
Lamine Kone scores the second goal for Sunderland against Everton
The Ivory Coast international helped stabilise a porous Sunderland defence, and impressed with his uncompromising nature, displaying great strength and aerial ability whilst being strong in the tackle too.
Those performances appear to have triggered major interest in Kone's signature, and with Allardyce - the man who signed him - now gone to take the England job, teams are seemingly hoping to try and lure the centre back away from Wearside.
Sunderland's Lamine Kone in action with Watford's Troy Deeney
The Daily Mail report that Everton are particularly keen to sign Kone given the major question marks over the future of defender John Stones, but they're not the only ones pursuing his signature.
It's added that London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea have both looked at Kone with a view to making a move for him, but all three interested clubs could be left disappointed.
Sunderland's Lamine Kone in action with Crystal Palace's Jordon Mutch
Should he continue to impress in the Premier League, clubs may well eye up moves for him during the January transfer window, but for now, it seems that Kone will be staying at the Stadium of Light as we head towards the end of the summer transfer window.
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