Welcome to the Independent’s live coverage of the Premier League as Sunderland host Middlesbrough and Bournemouth travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham United.
Saturday’s Premier League results:
- Stoke 1-4 Manchester City
- Burnley 2-0 Liverpool
- Swansea 0-2 Hull
- Tottenham 1-0 Crystal Palace
- Watford 1-2 Chelsea
- West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Everton
- Leicester City 0-0 Arsenal
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David Moyes insisted it was ‘not outrageous’ of Sunderland to expect Lamine Kone to commit himself to the club months after signing a long-term contract.
Moyes has responded firmly to the first test of his authority as Sunderland manager, demanding that the centre-half wait until the transfer window closes before he discusses a new deal, which is likely to be a one-year extension.
The 27-year-old Ivorian international signed a four-year contract in January when moving to Wearside from Lorient. Last week Kone travelled to Merseyside in an attempt to force a transfer to Everton and then his agent released a statement saying: “I have asked the manager and chief executive to be allowed to leave Sunderland Football Club.” Everton are prepared to pay up to £18m for the defender.