Report: Burnley make first move for Sunderland ace Lamine Kone, Grayson will sell

Preston manager Simon Grayson

Burnley are reportedly pushing to sign Sunderland defender Lamine Kone.

According to the Daily Mail, Burnley have made an enquiry about signing Sunderland defender Lamine Kone – and Simon Grayson is willing to let him go.

The Black Cats need to rebuild this summer following their relegation from the Premier League, and new manager Grayson has already brought in Tyias Browning and Brendan Galloway on loan from Everton.

Everton's Romelu Lukaku in action with Sunderland's Lamine KoneEverton's Romelu Lukaku in action with Sunderland's Lamine Kone

Grayson will be planning further changes to his squad, and even after selling Jordan Pickford to Everton and seeing Jermain Defoe leave for Bournemouth, Grayson could yet allow more players to leave.

Now, the Daily Mail report that Burnley are interested in signing Sunderland defender Lamine Kone, as they search for a new centre back following Michael Keane's big-money move to Everton.

It's claimed that, with Kone on a deal worth £60,000-a-week at the Stadium of Light having agreed a new contract last summer, Grayson is willing to sell in order to fund moves elsewhere.

The Ivorian international centre back, 28, joined Sunderland from Lorient back in January 2016, and he enjoyed a superb run of games under Sam Allardyce to help keep the club in the Premier League.

Preston manager Simon GraysonSimon Grayson

Kone didn't enjoy quite so much success last season though, and whilst it's noted that Everton, Crystal Palace, West Brom and West Ham were interested in Kone, it's now Burnley making their first move to land him by lodging an enquiry.

With Keane gone, manager Sean Dyche needs more options at the back, and Kone could fit the bill – if the Clarets can offer him a suitable wage packet.

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