Newcastle United are looking at a January move for Lamine Kone according to reports this morning.

The 26 year old centre-back has been in great form for Lorient and has helped them to eighth place currently in Ligue 1, only one point off fifth place, a big improvement on last season’s sixteenth spot.

The Mail report that both Sunderland and Norwich have had the defender watched in recent weeks and in fact Sam Allardyce has been watching the player since he was West Ham manager.

However, now Newcastle and Swansea are said to be looking at a January bid for Lamine Kone, with Steve McClaren looking to strengthen one of the weakest parts of the team.

Coloccini’s erratic form has continued into this season and both Mike Williamson and Steven Taylor are out of contract in June.

On top of that the Newcastle defence has carried their form into the current campaign and no Premier League club has conceded more than United’s 31 goals.

This follows up last season when rock bottom QPR were the only ones to concede more than Newcastle

Lamine Kone is said to be rated in the £5m bracket and recent form brought him his first caps for Ivory Coast, starting in the last three matches for his country.