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