Will West Ham's Lewis Dunk interest spark transfer merry-go-round with Sunderland?

Sunderland fans look dejected during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light on September 13, 2015 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

Sunderland are desperate to sell Lamine Kone in January - but David Moyes' West Ham are now prioritising Lewis Dunk instead.

David Moyes, Manager of Sunderland gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on May 16, 2017 in London, England.

It’s fair to say David Moyes has a history when it comes to re-signing former players. Eight of his 11 additions at Sunderland last season had played under him before and, after being appointed as the new manager of West Ham on a short-term deal, Hammers fans were wondering who would reunite with the Scot at the London Stadium.

While 2016/17 Sunderland signings Jolean Lescott, Stephen Pienaar and Victor Anichebe enjoyed the best seasons of their careers under Moyes, however, the same cannot be said of Lamine Kone.

The defender performed well below expectations as Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League, responding in the worst possible way after Moyes blocked his 2016 move to Everton, per Sky Sports.

Lamine Kone of Sunderland in action during the pre season friendly between Hibernian and Sunderland at Easter Road on July 9, 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Reports in The Mirror that Moyes was planning to bring Kone with him to West Ham in January, then, raised a few eyebrows. A week later, however it appears that the manager has come to his senses.

What next for Sunderland?

Because The Mirror is now reporting that West Ham have turned their attention towards influential Brighton centre-back Lewis Dunk.

The 25-year-old would command a huge fee having only signed a new five-year deal in August but has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water and you’d get short odds on him coming into contention for England duty. Kone, in contrast, is no longer a guaranteed starter for a Sunderland side bottom of the Championship.

Lewis Dunk of Brighton and Hove Albion and Abdoulaye Doucoure of Watford battle for possession during the Premier League match between Watford and Brighton and Hove Albion at Vicarage Road...

And with Sunderland in desperate need to sell before they can buy in January, West Ham’s interest in Dunk is a major blow. The Chronicle reported that The Black Cats are hoping to sell Kone in January and may accept just £6 million for a player valued at around £18 million a year ago.

The positive news, however, is that The Sun on Sunday (29th October, page 48) reported that Brighton themselves were preparing to offer £5 million for Kone in January. Perhaps one bid could lead to another, setting the transfer merry-go-round into full swing.

If West Ham sign Dunk, Brighton could bring in Kone as a ready-made replacement. Sunderland, meanwhile, probably won't care where Kone ends up as long as he earns them a few quid.

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