Reported West Ham target Lamine Kone could be available for just £7m

West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic

The Sunderland defender is apparently desperate to quit the north east, with West Ham a leading candidate to rescue him.

Sunderland's Lamine Kone heads at goalSunderland's Lamine Kone heads at goal

Sunderland are ready to accept a reduced rate in order to sell Lamine Kone this summer.

The Sun have reported that the Ivorian defender could be available for as little as £7million, which could be very good news for West Ham United.

The Hammers are in pole position to sign the 28-year-old according to a separate report from the Mirror.

However, that story suggested Slaven Bilic was deliberating over a £10million fee, so this latest revelation could convince the Croatian manager to pull the trigger.

West Ham manager Slaven BilicWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic

Kone still has four years left on his Black Cats contract, so getting the defender so cheap has to be seen as good business for the Hammers.

Although the centre-back only arrived at the Stadium of Light in January last year, he is now reportedly desperate to quit the club after a tumultuous campaign which ended in relegation from the Premier League and David Moyes’ resignation.

Sunderland's Lamine Kone warms up before the matchSunderland's Lamine Kone warms up before the match

A successor for the Scottish tactician is yet to be found, while goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has moved to Everton for £30million.

With the north east club in such disarray, West Ham could pounce to land a real bargain for their backline.

The Hammers need to strengthen in key areas this summer and the centre of the defence is one of them, despite the January addition of Portugal international Jose Fonte.

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