The Ivorian centre-back was snapped up from Lorient during the winter break as Sam Allardyce set about saving the Black Cats from what looked like almost certain relegation and starred as the Wearside club avoided the drop with a game to spare.
Even though Kone has only been at the Stadium of Light for half a season, it’s been claimed that Everton have offered £18m for him, while Chelsea are also waiting in the wings as they seek to sign a new defender.
However, new Sunderland boss David Moyes is reluctant to offload the 27-year-old until he can find a replacement, which is threatening to derail a transfer away from the North East.
And now his agent, Mark McKay, has waded in, claiming that his client is awaiting a new contract offer amid the speculation:
“Lamine Kone will be training with Sunderland and is available, if selected, for Sunderland’s game with Manchester City.” He is quoted by the Mirror.
“However he still awaits the offer of a new contract.”
His words back up a recent video posted on Facebook by a Sunderland fan that suggests that Kone is not keen on leaving the club.
Both Everton and Chelsea have also been aligned with Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly.