How much!? Lamine Kone's value decimated following two years of wafting around at Sunderland

Reports claim Lamine Kone will leave Sunderland for Strasbourg in a loan deal containing a €2m purchase option.

by Will_White Wednesday, 01 August 2018 09:05 AM Comments

Lamine Kone will join RC Strasbourg on loan with the deal between Sunderland and the French side containing a purchase option for just 2-million euros at the end of the season according to French newspaper L'Equipe. 

Reports in France claim the 29-year-old has travelled to Alsace and will undergo a medical this morning with Kone leaving a sorry legacy to show for his time at the Stadium of Light.

How much Racing will pay towards the player's wages remains unclear but Kone has been one of the highest earners at the Stadium of Light, earning a salary way above what a mid-table Ligue 1 side are likely to be prepared to pay. 

The Ivorian international's value has been decimated after a miserable two years on Wearside. In the summer of 2016, Kone was subject to serious interest from Everton, with the Toffees supposed to be offering in the region of £20m for the central defender who initially made a huge impact at the Stadium of Light. 

After Sunderland rejected the bid from Merseyside, Kone's career sharply declined with a string of abject performances first as the Black Cats were relegated from the Premier League and then last season in the Championship. 

Sunderland signed Kone from Lorient for a fee of around £5m in January 2016. After signing a new deal the following August, the defender was "rewarded" for staying on Wearside with a bumper pay rise after his stock had sky-rocketed following Sam Allardyce masterminding the Black Cats escape from relegation in 2015/16.

Flogging the dead horse for €2m in a year's time is probably an accurate reflection on what Kone is now worth. The player will turn 30 in February and as well as suffering successive relegations with Sunderland, Kone has barely featured for the Ivory Coast in recent months with his international career stalled.

The continued question marks over the Paris-born player's attitude have hardly helped his reputation and most on Wearside will simply be glad to see the back of him.