Sam Allardyce will be concentrating on keeping his Crystal Palace side in the Premier League but his thoughts will not be far from potential recruits for next season.
Sunderland were beaten 4-0 by Southampton at the Stadium of Light yesterday.
Everton were heavily linked with a big-money move for the Sunderland centre-back but would he improve Ronald Koeman's options?
Sunderland defender Lamine Kone was heavily linked with Everton in January.
Ivorian centre-back Lamine Kone has returned to Sunderland from the Africa Cup of Nations.
HITC Sport understands Sunderland will sell the left-back but not Lamine Kone.
Lamine Kone has been linked with Everton since the summer and Sunderland's latest target could replace him in their starting XI.
The young centre-back impressed against Manchester City while Kone has been erratic at best this season.
Everton are reportedly looking to sign Sunderland's Lamine Kone again.
Sunderland are willing to let Lamine Kone leave the Stadium of Light provided their asking price is met.