Three weeks ago Newcastle were said to be one of the clubs interested in signing the impressive Lamine Kone, the impressive Lorient center-back who was born in Paris and is of Ivorian descent.
He’s been one of the best center-backs in Ligue 1 for a few seasons now.
Sunderland were said to be favorites to sign him and he was on Wearside recently, but surprisingly did now sign for the Black Cats – which is surprising to say the least after the fee of £5M had been agreed between the clubs.
Lamine Kone – the impressive Lorient center-back
Burt yesterday Sunderland announced they had signed the massive 6ft 5ins central defender Jan Kirchoff from Bayern Munich for a low £750K.
So it looks like Sunderland may have pulled out of the Kone deal – once they knew they could get a cheaper option.
It seems that both Sunderland and Newcastle go for the cheap options these days and maybe that’s why we are second bottom and third bottom at the moment in the Premier League?
Aston Villa and Norwich were also interested in Kone and as we said earlier Newcastle were linked with the player – who we think would be a very good signing for us.
Any ordinary clubs who had a defensive record like that of newcatsle over the past three and half seasons would want to straighten the defense – but we don’t know what Graham Carr is thinking.
We have conceded 191 goals in the last three seasons and 35 goals in 20 league games this season so the defense is a definite weakness – and usually you want to strengthen the weaknesses in the side.
So here is a player we could buy since he’s suddenly become available but we don’t know what Graham Carr is even thinking – maybe he wants to bring in a couple of wingers in this January?
Certainly Sunderland’s conduct with Lorient and their player Kone is not good and Lorient Vice-President Alex Hayes was not too happy:
“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 and all for nothing.” “It is quite outrageous on the part of Sunderland who, meanwhile, have negotiated with a Bayern player.”
That does not reflect well on Sunderland as a club.
But back to the more important question – will Newcastle show some real initiative and buy the 6ft 3ins tall Kone for just £5M – now that he’s become suddenly available?
Wait for it ……..
Kone has been in good form for his French club this year with 16 appearances and he joined them back in 2010 from Chateauroux and has so far played 136 times with 7 goals and picked up his first cap for the Ivory Coast last year.
What do you think?