Sunderland vs Middlesbrough live: Latest Premier League score and updates from the North East

21 Aug

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.

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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.


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