Report: Lamine Kone in talks to finally seal Sunderland exit

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.

Championship outfit Reading have been linked with Lamine Kone but the Sunderland defender is reportedly in talks with clubs in France and Turkey

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,...

Sunderland’s summer has gone pretty well so far.

The Black Cats have managed to land two Scotland internationals in gifted midfielder Dylan McGeouch and dependable shot-stopper Jon McLaughlin, while seemingly solving their left-back problem with a deal for Wigan Athletic’s Reece James.

The outgoings look pretty good, too. High-earning flop Jack Rodwell has been released at last while Wahbi Khazri looks set to join him, agreeing a deal in principle with St Etienne according to L’Equipe. And Sunderland look to be closer to getting rid of another drain on their resources.

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.

Lamine Kone is one of a number of players the club are allegedly desperate to sell and, while Didier Ndong and Papy Djilobodji remain on the books, the Ivorian defender could prove easier to shift.

The Northern Echo report that clubs in Turkey and France are in talks about rescuing Kone from his Wearside nightmare. Sunderland were a Premier League club when he arrived from Lorient for £6 million in 2016 and, later that year, the Black Cats snubbed an £18 million offer from Everton.

Matt Smith of QPR and Lamine Kone of Sunderland compete for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland at Loftus Road on March 10, 2018 in...

Sunderland would be fortunate to receive even a third of that fee for Kone now, however.

The Sun (June 1, page 59) reported that he could move to Reading on loan but, given the choice, Sunderland would rather sell for obvious reasons.

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