In Focus: Everton target Lamine Kone is a proper defender and perfect for Big Sam

According to reports in The Sun, new Everton boss Sam Allardyce is ready to move for Sunderland centre-back Lamine Kone during the January transfer window, as long as he can prove his fitness.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun says that Allardyce is keen to sign the 28-year-old for the second time in his managerial career having initially brought him to Sunderland in 2016.

The Ivory Coast international played a big part in keeping the Black Cats up that season, but he couldn’t save them last term and is currently plying his trade in the Championship.

The Sun says that the centre-back, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury, could be allowed to leave the Stadium of Light on the cheap in the New Year as the Wearside outfit look to lower their wage bill, but any deal could depend on his fitness.

How has Kone done this season?

Sunderland’s recent demise has gone from bad to worse as they currently lie second bottom of the Championship table, and the 28-year-old made 11 league appearances before picking up a knee injury at the start of November.

The Ivorian certainly showed his defensive abilities in those outings though, and according to Squawka he has won 33 of the 48 aerial duels he has contested in the league this term.

He also made 18 interceptions and an amazing 103 clearances at an average of more than nine per game.

Would he be a good signing for Everton?

He certainly would be.

While things may not have gone for him at Sunderland over the last 18 months or so, the quality he showed and the influence he had when they stayed up the season before proved what a good defender he is.

Kone is a proper centre-back and it is no surprise that Allardyce is a fan, and he would probably be an upgrade on Ashley Williams, Phil Jagielka and perhaps even Michael Keane right now.

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