It would be fair to assume that David Moyes and Lamine Kone are unlikely to be keen on a reunion based on their time together at Sunderland. So stories that the Ivorian is set to join West Ham are surely the most ludicrous doing the rounds right now.
Ok, so we know it's 'silly season' - the lull between Christmas and New Year and the build-up to the opening of the January transfer window - but surely the continued suggestion that David Moyes would wish to reunite with Lamine Kone - and vice versa - is the stupidest story doing the rounds right now.
The prospect has aired again this morning; this time with Get West London claiming the former Sunderland boss has identified the Black Cats centre-half as one of his 'top three priorities' for January.
And whilst most Sunderland supporters are keen to see the back of Kone, presuming some cash can be raised from a sale, the prospect that the West Ham boss is keen to reacquaint himself with a player who turned to mush under the dour Scot seems frankly crackers. Especially considering the Ivorian defender was one of the individuals who reportedly refused to play for Moyes at the end of his tenure at the Stadium of Light.
There's likely little love lost between Kone and Moyes after the dismal time they spent together last season. After a bright start to his career in English football, the defender who will be 29 the day after the transfer window closes, looked like a man who increasingly hated playing football under the man who led Sunderland to relegation. Of course, anyone who watched the Black Cats under the tutelage of the ex-Everton boss will know exactly how he felt.
It was Moyes who stepped in to prevent Kone's big-money move to Everton in the summer of 2016 and whilst the Ivorian received a hefty pay rise to compensate for the pain of having to stay at the Stadium of Light, he never seemed to really recover from that episode.
Moyes may have defended his defender for some shockingly below-par performances as last season progressed, but by the time already-relegated Sunderland travelled to Chelsea for the final game of the campaign, Kone was one of those named as a pair of players who refused to turn out for what would be the Scot's final game in charge of the Black Cats.
It was TalkSport's Michael Gray - former Sunderland defender - who identified Kone as one of them. Moyes' last stand as Black Cats boss saw him with eleven senior players ruled out for the final game of the Premier League season.
Moyes' team were trashed 5-1 and the future Hammers boss would insist his Sunderland men take part in the cringiest guard of honour ever seen on a football pitch to mark the retirement of Chelsea legend John Terry. Perhaps those players who opted not to bother making the trip to London did in fact make the correct call.
Regardless, there have been plenty of Sunderland players who have since hinted that they hated playing for Moyes; and whilst Kone isn't one of them who has aired such an opinion - he rarely says anything in public come to think of it bar the occasional stage-managed tweet - it's safe to assume he can think of nothing worse than playing for him again. No doubt the feeling is mutual.