Sunderland have finally completed the signing of Ivory Coast defender, Lamine Kone from French club Lorient for a fee of around £5million.
The black cats have been close to signing the the centre backs on two previous occasions during this transfer window, only for them to pull out at the last minute on both occasions. However, the deal has now finally gone through, meaning the 27-year old has become Sam Allardyce’s fourth signing of the transfer window.
Strengthening our defensive options was a priority for us and Lamine is a player that has impressed me when I’ve see him play. He is big and strong, attributes you need to lay in central defence in the Premier League, and his arrival will give us healthy competition for places in a key position.
Kone follows Jan Kirchoff, Dame N’Doye and Steve Harper to the Stadium of Light, and will wear the number 23 shirt.