Report: Sunderland price Trabzonspor out of Lamine Kone move

General view of the Stadium of Light during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Sunderland and Charlton Athletic held on February 1, 2003 at the Stadium of Light, in Sunderland,...

League One Sunderland are desperate to sell Lamine Kone with Super Lig Trabzonspor reportedly keen, but they must reduce his price-tag.

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,...

Who would have thought that Lamine Kone would still be a Sunderland player heading into August? Despite seemingly attempting to seal a move away from Wearside since the summer of 2016, that is the situation right now.

The Black Cats have been desperate to cash in on the 29-year-old centre-back, who is one of the club’s highest earners heading into the start of the League One season.

 

But it seems that their attempts to recoup the £6 million they paid Lorient for Kone in January 2016 is pricing potential suitors out of a move for the Ivory Coast international.

Reports from Turkish publication 61Saat are claiming that Trabzonspor are interested in Kone, although Sunderland’s £6 million price-tag means they cannot afford him on their tight budget.

Lamine Kone of Sunderland celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Sunderland at Selhurst Park on February 4, 2017 in London, England.

It is reported that Trabzonspor have held talks with Kone and encouraged him to leave Wearside for the Turkish Super Lig. But, unless Sunderland reduce his asking price between now and the end of the transfer window, Kone could be forced to stay and play a part in the Black Cats’ attempts to escape League One.

Also at the Stadium of Light are Didier N’Dong and Papy Djilibodji who, despite being linked with moves away all summer, are still part of Jack Ross’s squad.

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...

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