Sunderland and West Ham fans react on Twitter as Lamine Kone is linked with Hammers move

Lamine Kone of Sunderland in action during the pre season friendly between Livingston and Sunderland at Almondvale Stadium on July 12, 2017 in Livingston, Scotland.

West Ham United are being tipped to make the Sunderland defender their fifth summer signing.

West Ham United are being tipped to make Sunderland's Lamine Kone their fifth summer signing, after Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez

The Daily Mirror reported the above on its live transfer blog this morning (Friday), adding the Hammers believe they can land the defender for 'just over half' of Sunderland's £20 million asking price.

Lamine Kone of Sunderland challenges Nikolay Todorov of Livingston in the second half during the pre season friendly between Livingston and Sunderland at Almondvale Stadium on July 12,...Lamine Kone of Sunderland

Kone's Stadium of Light career began brightly, sparking reports of interest from several clubs of which Everton were perhaps the most prominently linked.

But one disappointing season, which ended in Sunderland's relegation to the Championship, and some ill-advised comments about his commitment from teammate Darron Gibson later, few of a Mackems persuasion are likely to mind if Kone was to leave the club this summer.

In fact, many on Twitter are actively seeking his departure, and West Ham fans in equal numbers are actively hoping he doesn't join them.

First up - the view from Sunderland...

And here's what the Hammers are saying...

Could Sunderland's Kone turn his fortunes around at West Ham United?

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