Sunderland boss David Moyes is hopeful that Ivorian centre-back Lamine Kone will put pen to paper on a new contract with the club despite coming close to leaving last month.
Kone only joined the Black Cats in January 2016, but looked set to leave in the last transfer window when Moyes’ former club Everton tabled an £18million bid.
However, Sunderland were able to keep hold of the player and are now hopeful that they can tie him down to a longer deal. Kone’s current contract with the club will run up to 2020.
“I hope he will have signed a new contract shortly," Moyes is quoted by The Telegraph, with the Scottish manager encouraged by Kone's attitude.
“I've had nothing but smiles from him. I know what happens once the window shuts, it changes everything.
“There have been plenty of discussions and there are some more already pencilled in for next week some time.
“He's still got four years left on his current contract so it's not as if we are scraping around because we're short of time."