Hearts boss Robbie Neilson said he tried to sign Craig Gordon, before the goalkeeper decided to move to Celtic.
Leicester City are currently five points clear at the top of the Premier League and the former Liverpool star has backed them to go all the way.
Kone has been impressive since his arrival at Sunderland, and relishes the battle to stay in the Premier League.
Rafael Benitez is yet to win a match as Newcastle United manager.
The midfielder also believes his side can finish in the top four and win the FA Cup.
John Stones has lost his place in Everton's team over recently weeks.
Queens Park Rangers are set to host Middlesbrough later this evening.
Ibrox side Rangers will take on Old Firm rivals Celtic in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup this month.
The former Tottenham Hotspur manager moved Rose to left-back during his time at White Hart Lane.
The Leeds boss has praised the job done by his Arsenal counterpart.