Sunderland boss provides update on Kone’s transfer saga; comments on injury claims

Sunderland manager David Moyes

Lamine Kone has been heavily linked with a move to Everton.

Sunderland manager David MoyesSunderland manager David Moyes

Sunderland boss David Moyes has admitted that the Lamine Kone situation is disappointing after he rejected a new deal, before suggesting the player’s injury may not be geniune, the Daily Mail report.

The powerful defender has been heavily linked with a move to Everton this summer, and the Toffees have placed a £14 million bid on the table which the Black Cats are seemingly considering.

Kone is said to be promised a new contract, and when finally offered one after weeks of speculated complaining, Moyes admits he turned it down as he looks to force a move to Everton.

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

“We said we would wait until September 1 but we offered him a contract (on Thursday). We gave that offer to him personally. His choice was still to go, to leave. He said “no” to the offer,” Moyes told the Daily Mail

“We’re disappointed but he’s still under contract for four years. It’s not too big a deal to us. What he asked for was a new contract and we offered him that.”

Now it has emerged that Kone is currently injured and unlikely to face Middlesbrough this weekend.

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

Moyes, responding to questions of the defender’s fitness, suggested the player’s injury may not be geniune and perhaps an attempt to keep himself fit ahead of any potential Sunderland exit.

“Does Kone have a bad back? Or does he say he has a bad back?’ He says he’s got a bad back,” Moyes added.

With only two weeks of the transfer window remaining, Sunderland will want to avoid losing any of their key players such as Kone and be forced into a potential panic buy when replacing them.

Kone is without doubt one of the club’s leading players and he played a pivotal role in the Wearside club’s Premier League survival last season, incidentally scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Everton.

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

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