Sunderland FC news: Lamine Kone signs new long-term deal after failing to secure summer move to Everton
Lamine Kone has signed a new and improved five-year contract with Sunderland.
The Ivorian looked set to leave the Stadium of Light in the summer after submitting a transfer request,
Kone, who joined the Black Cats in January for a fee of around £5million, accused the club of failing to deliver on the promise of a new deal after helping them keep their Premier League status.
Everton were keen to lure the 27-year-old to Goodison Park and tabled an offer of £18million.
But David Moyes refused to let Kone go and has now persuaded the centre-back to commit his long-term future to the Wearsiders.
Moyes told the club’s official website: “Lamine is an important player for this club and I made that clear to him from the outset.
“He has only been playing in the Premier League since January, but in that time we have already seen what he is capable of.
“The challenge for Lamine now is to build on what has been a very positive introduction to English football and to continue to improve and grow as a player.”