Sunderland defender Lamine Kone
Monday Nov 28, 2016. 16:00
West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic is keen on signing Ivory Coast defender Lamine Kone from Premier League rivals Sunderland, according to the Mirror.
The Hammers’ defensive woes this season have prompted the manager to look for reinforcements in the centre-back position and Kone fits the bill.
The 27-year-old joined Sunderland just under a year ago and played a key role in the Black Cats’ survival in the English top flight.
The player was unsettled at the start of the season, as he agitated for a move away from the Stadium of Light, but he has since settled down and been a regular for David Moyes’ team.
His level of performance has failed to match that of last season, but he remains a sought-after transfer target.
Bilic is keen on bringing the Elephants defender to London as soon as the January transfer window.
The player could well be involved in Ivory Coast’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Gabon, but the Mirror reports that this is no bother for the West Ham boss.
Kone is expected to cost as much as 15 million British pounds if Sunderland agree to a sale.