Ivory Coast’s Lamine Kone Signs New Five-Year Deal At Sunderland
Ivory Coast defender Lamine Kone has signed a new five-year contract with Premier League club Sunderland.
The Elephants centre-back joined Sunderland in January this year in a £6million move from French side Lorient.
At the time he signed a four-and-a-half-year contract, and went on to play a key role in helping the Black Cats avoid relegation from the Premier League.
The 27-year-old was then strongly linked with a move away from the Stadium of Light, with new manager David Moyes forced to rebuff a reported £22million offer from his former club Everton near the end of the transfer window.
With Sunderland successful in their efforts to retain the defender, they have now moved to secure his services for a further year above his original contract – and with improved terms for the player.
Kone will now be expected to help lead Sunderland out of trouble, with the North East club once again struggling in the lower reaches of the Premier League standings after a poor start to the season.