Sunderland defender Lamine Kone has handed in a transfer request.
The 27-year-old has been heavily linked with Everton in the past week with Ronald Koeman keen to bolster his backline.John Stones left for Manchester City for £47.5m and the Toffees launched a bid for Kone.The Ivorian only joined Sunderland for £5m in January and played a key role in the club’s fight for survival.
But after the Black Cats failed to offer him a new deal, he has asked to leave the Stadium of Light.
It read: “After a week in which there has been a vast amount of speculation with regard to mu future at Sunderland Football Club, I think that it is only fair to the fans of the club to clarify the situation.At the end of last season I was told by the club that I would be offered a new contract.
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“Following numerous phone conversation and face to face meetings, the latest of which took place today with David Moyes and Martin Bain, no contract has been forthcoming.It is therefore with much regret that I can only assume I do not figure in David Moyes’ future plans.
“With that being the case it is with much sadness that I have asked the Manager and the Chief Executive to be allowed to leave Sunderland Football Club.However, until that time I give my word that I will give my upmost in training and on the field.”