Reported interest in Sunderland defender Lamine Kone from Trabzonspor could be dead already

No sooner have Trabzonspor been linked with Lamine Kone, than the Turkish outfit look to have signed a central defender.

by Brandon_Rawlin Monday, 30 July 2018 06:26 AM Comments

Turkish side Trabzonspor are on the verge of signing a central defender which is likely to render any supposed interest in Sunderland pair Lamine Kone and Papy Djilobodji ended.

The Super Lig outfit are reported to have landed Lorient's Senegal international Zago Toure. Lorient are of course the club from which Sunderland plucked Kone in January 2016.

Toure and Kone were teammates at the Ligue 1 side for a few months before the Ivorian made the move across the Channel to Wearside. Trabzonspor's latest recruit has also been part of several Senegalese international squads with Sunderland's other wantaway defender Papy Djilobodji. 

Reports in Turkey over the weekend suggested the Trabzon club had switched their attention from Djilobodji - who they were linked with a few weeks' ago - to his Black Cats teammate Kone.

Get French Football broke the news last night that Toure has landed in Turkey to discuss terms and his signing is likely to quash any further stories suggesting Trabzonspor are interested in either of Sunderland's wantaway defenders.

Kone has played no part in Sunderland's pre-season preparations, neither travelling with the squad to their Austrian training camp earlier in the month or featuring in any warm-up games since. Djilobodji has gone one better of course by not even bothering to report back for duty at the Stadium of Light. 

It's supposed someone out there will sign the pair before transfer windows across Europe shut, but with continued question marks over both men's attitudes and the fact neither are likely to be anywhere fit enough to play a part in the early stages of a new season, you really do have to wonder who will actually end up taking them off Sunderland's hands.

What odds one or both lingering on for a few months more at Sunderland?




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