Sunderland defender Lamine Kone
Thursday Jul 12, 2018. 12:00
Sunderland’s wantaway defender Lamine Kone has been linked with a move to France’s Ligue 1.
Following Sunderland’s relegation from the EFL Championship to League One, Kone has made no secret of his desire to leave the Stadium of Light.
The Ivorian centre-back was left in Sunderland last week as manager Jack Ross and his team jetted off to Portugal for a pre-season camp.
“Lamine doesn’t want to be here, so has been left out. That’s where we are at,” Ross said in regards to the 29-year-old, who remains contracted to Sunderland until 2021.
However, new reports suggest that interest in the Elephants defender is ramping up as the 2018/19 season draws ever closer.
Get French Football report that Strasbourg had approached the Black Cats over a possible move for Kone, but were left 'discouraged' after learning of his asking price.
Yet a number of other sides are thought to be keen on the former Lorient defender as Ross continues to shape his new-look squad.
Kone made 24 appearances for Sunderland in the Championship last term, but was unable to help prevent a second successive relegation, which will see them playing in the third tier of English football.
The Paris-born player has also been on the books of LB Chateauroux and Lorient in his career, before joining the Black Cats in January 2016.