sunderland looking set for relegation this summer. Sunderland’s player lamine kone in action with West Bromwich Albion’s Salomon Rondon
Everton have refused to pay Sunderland’s asking price for their player Lamine Kone last summer, according to the report he was being valued at £20 million.
Kone has been said to be the big loser in this scenario, playing in a relegation bound side, while Everton have progressed and improved their performances without him.
The centre-back will inevitable by the black cats demanded a year ago.
The big question now is whether Everton will still need him, or indeed even want him?
Lamine Kone scores for Sunderland against Everton
Kone’s performances this season have dropped at a huge level, representing a player whose heart is not really in it at Sunderland and wished he landed his big move.
That has to be a red flag for Everton, whose move to sign veteran Ashley Williams has looked inspired.
On the basis of this season, Kone would be a gamble, with Everton hoping Ronald Koeman could bring him to lift his game in the same way Sam Allardyce did, and David Moyes has failed to do.
Veteran Phil Jagielka remains a useful contributor, while at the other end of the spectrum, youngster Mason Holgate continues to impress when called upon.
The prospect of playing in a side challenging for the top positions in the table could of course restore Kone’s confidence and get him back to his best, but paying more than £10 million for the 28-year-old would be a risk, even though this is substantially less than was being demanded last summer.
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