Younes Kaboul says interest in top defender Kone is normal

Lamine Kone celebrates scoring the third goal for Sunderland with Younes Kaboul and Jermain Defoe

The Sunderland star has been linked with a move to Everton this summer.

Lamine Kone celebrates scoring the third goal for Sunderland with Younes Kaboul and Jermain DefoeLamine Kone celebrates scoring the third goal for Sunderland with Younes Kaboul and Jermain Defoe

Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul has told the Sunderland Echo that it is normal for Lamine Kone to be linked with a move away as he is a top defender.

The centre back has been a huge hit at the Stadium of Light since joining in the January transfer window from Lorient . He helped to plug a leaky defence in the second half of the campaign, playing a major role as the club, under the guidance of former boss Sam Allardyce, managed to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

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

Kaboul's performances have not gone unnoticed, with Everton reportedly hopeful of signing him this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Sunderland are naturally keen to keep hold of him, and Kaboul says the interest in his team mate is normal.

"It is normal. He is a very good defender and when you look on the market there are not that many,” he told the Sunderland Echo.

“You know, for him, he just has to carry on this way, going further and further. He is a top guy and a top defender.”

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

The project at Everton is sure to be a tempting one for Kone, with the club eyeing a bright future under Ronald Koeman and new owner Farhad Moshiri. The defender is, however, under contract until 2020, and Sunderland surely can't afford to lose players of his ilk if the club is to obtain the stability all stakeholders crave.  

Sunderland's Lamine Kone celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goalSunderland's Lamine Kone celebrates with team mates after scoring their first goal

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