It seems that Everton boss Ronald Koeman does not want to allow Brendan Galloway to go on loan to Newcastle for the season until he brings in more defensive reinforcements, after the Toffees sold John Stones to Manchester City for close to £50M.
Koeman has already signed Swansea city captain Ashley Williams as a replacement and news today that another target – Sunderland impressive center-back Lamine Kone – wants to join Everton.
Lamine Kone scoring against Everton last season
Kone has put in a transfer request at the Black Cats.
The 27-year-old issued this statement:
“After a week in which there has been a vast amount of speculation with regard to my future at Sunderland football club, I think that it is only fair to the fans of the club to clarify the situation.”
“At the end of last season, I was told by the club that I would be offered a new contract. Following numerous phone conversations and face-to-face meetings.”
“The latest of these took place today with David Moyes and Martin Bain [Chief Executive], no contract has been forthcoming.”
“It is therefore with much regret that I can only assume that I do not figure in David Moyes’ future plans.”
The ball is now in Sunderland’s court, but if as expected Kone does move to Everton the loan move of Brendan Galloway to Newcastle could be completed early next week.
We need Brendan on board, because we have five games to play in the next 15 days.
Sat 13 15:00 H Huddersfield FLC Wed 17 19:45 H Reading FLC Sat 20 15:00 A Bristol City FLC Tue 23 19:45 H Cheltenham EPL Sat 27 17:30 H Brighton FLC