Sunderland fans react on Twitter to Phil Jagielka rumours

Sunderland's Lamine Kone scores their first goal

The Everton man has been linked with Sunderland today.

Everton's Phil Jagielka

The Mirror reported on Tuesday that Sunderland boss David Moyes wants a reunion with Everton defender Phil Jagielka.

It claims defender Lamine Kone - who only joined Sunderland in January - has travelled to Merseyside ahead of an £18 million switch to Everton and Moyes wants the veteran centre-half to replace him.

Everton's Phil Jagielka applauds the fans after the game

The report does not state whether it could be a player-plus-cash deal or simply two separate transfers.

The 27-year-old is hugely popular on Wearside after an excellent first five months with the Black Cats, and scored twice in the 3-0 win over Everton which secured Sunderland's Premier League status - and relegated bitter North-East rivals Newcastle United in the process.

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

As a result of his popularity, Sunderland fans seem angry not only at the prospect of losing him, but the idea that the Everton man - who turns 34 this month - is his direct replacement.

Moyes brought the England international to Goodison Park from Sheffield United in 2007 and has been one of Everton's stand-out performers for over a decade.

But Sunderland fans' reception of the speculation is hardly surprising given his age, and of course how influential Kone is at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland manager David Moyes before the match

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