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Kone rejects new Sunderland deal

Everton target Lamine Kone has rejected the offer of a new contract at Sunderland amid transfer speculation linking him with Everton.

Kone had claimed that he had been promised a new deal by Sunderland, an offer which hadn’t been forthcoming until recently.

Moyes had initially said that the club would make the defender a new contract offer in September, but brought that offer forward to help provide the stability that the defender wanted.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of their second Premier League game, Moyes confirmed that the defender had been offered a new deal thought to be worth in the region of £50,000-a-week:

We hope he (Kone) sees we want him to be here. We have that offer from Everton (for him) and he knows that as well.

Sky Sports claim that Kone has however rejected that offer and turned up to training this morning with a ‘bad back’ and is ruled out of this weekends game with Papy Djilobodji set to make his Sunderland debut.

He also confirmed that he wasn’t interested in signing former Everton and Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott from Aston Villa.

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