Could Sam Allardyce finally bring long-term target Lamine Kone to Everton?

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Arsenal at Goodison Park on October 22, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Lamine Kone has fallen from grace at Sunderland, but he could still hold out hope for a Premier League reprieve.

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Hull City at Selhurst Park on May 14, 2017 in London, England.

Sam Allardyce is set to take over at Everton, according to The Daily Mail.

So could the former England manager finally end a long-running transfer saga in January?

The rumour mill might have slowed in the past 12 months, but Sunderland are still feeling the effects of Everton's failed bid to sign Lamine Kone - per Sky Sports - in the weeks following Allardyce's departure from the Stadium of Light.

Lamine Kone of Sunderland scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at the Stadium of Light on May 11, 2016 in Sunderland,...

Kone had starred under Allardyce, turning in a string of inspired performances to drag the Black Cats to Premier League safety.

But when the manager moved on, Sunderland's star defender also sought the exit door - only for the club to firmly stand in his way.

It did not end well for Sunderland or Kone, who are both now stranded in the Championship after a dismal campaign under David Moyes.

Allardyce is now back in the game, though, and the Black Cats could look to cash in on a saleable asset, so could Kone finally sign for Everton?

Sunderland player Lamine Kone reacts during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at Etihad Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Manchester, England.

The Toffees could certainly use another centre back option, with Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams ageing not all too gracefully.

Allardyce has signed players he knows well throughout his managerial career - think Abdoulaye Faye, Kevin Nolan and Patrick van Aanholt - and so this move could well work for all parties.

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