Newcastle are one of three Premier League clubs interested in signing Lamine Kone according to reports this morning, the central defender Sunderland had lined up before reportedly doing the dirty on him.
The 26 year old Lorient player travelled over to Wearside to finalise his £5m move, only for then Sunderland to start messing about both player and club as they tried to change what had been previously agreed.
Kone travelled back to France after becoming sick of the situation, only for then Sunderland to immediately announce that they’d landed Bayern Munich’s 6ft 5 centre-half Jan Kirchoff.
The Bundesliga club’s fringe player arriving for a reported cut price £750,000 fee and 18 month contract, a much cheaper option for a club who are big favourites to be leaving the Premier League this season.
Now, the media in French report that both Aston Villa and Norwich have already made bids for the Ivory Coast international, whilst Newcastle are also said to have approached Lorient to try and take advantage of the breakdown in the move to Sunderland.
The French club finished 16th last season but are doing well this season in 8th, with Lamine Kone at the heart of the defence.
The first choice defender has made 110 Ligue 1 appearances in the last four and a half years but has suffered a series of injuries that have interrupted his career, with thigh strains, knee problems and groin strain.
Newcastle were one of the Premier League clubs claimed to be interested in the Lorient centre-back back in December, before the transfer window opened.
Lorient vice-president Alex Hayes had this to say about Sunderland’s conduct with regard to Lamine Kone:
“It is quite outrageous, we gave Sunderland our consent last Tuesday, Lamine left the next day to have contract talks, but the player warned us there were problems in negotiating his contract.
“Because of the holidays it dragged out until Monday and then they tried to change the pre-agreed deal. Lamine called me to ask if he could return to Lorient and I told him with great pleasure.
“Our defensive pillar was lost for the cup game against Tours and the Rennes derby…for nothing,
“It is quite outrageous on the part of Sunderland who, meanwhile, have negotiated with a Bayern player.”