Photos: Lamine Kone trains with Sunderland, Steven Pienaar still working for contract offer

Sunderland's Lamine Kone scores their first goal

The big defender has been linked with a move to Everton.

Sunderland's Lamine Kone scores their first goalSunderland's Lamine Kone scores their first goal

Sunderland have been hard in training today as they prepare to get their Premier League campaign under way under new manager David Moyes.

Sunderland take on Manchester City on Saturday, with Moyes hoping to get the better over Pep Guardiola.

The build up to the first game of the season has been dominated by the future of Sunderland defender Lamine Kone.

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

The 28-year-old has been linked with an £18 million move to Everton this week – as the Toffees look to replace the departed John Stones, after his move to Manchester City.

His agent told the Chronicle Live earlier today however that Kone is available for Sunderland and is continuing to train with the club – as the photos from the club’s session showed.

Kone was hard at work as the ever-professional Ivorian gears up to try and stop Manchester City getting off to a flyer

Steven Pienaar was also seen in action.

Everton's Steven Pienaar in action with Stoke City's Steven Sidwell and Geoff CameronSteven Pienaar in action

The South African is a free agent following his release by Sunderland and knows Moyes well from their time together at Everton.

He is hoping to earn a contract with the Premier League club ahead of the new season.

Register for EVERTON team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch