SAM ALLARDYCE has laughed off options he’s set to launch a transfer to carry his former Sunderland defender Lamine Kone to Everton.
The brand new Blues chief introduced the Ivory Coast defender to England again in January 2016 whereas in control of the Black Cats.
Kone, 28, produced a lot of excellent shows to assist Huge Sam maintain Sunderland within the top-flight.
However since then his, and the North East aspect’s, type has dropped dramatically and following relegation final season they now discover themselves within the decrease reaches of the Championship.
Regardless of that reality, Everton have nonetheless been linked with the centre-half, however Allardyce dismissed these rumours this afternoon.
He stated: “What a shock that one is. I did not assume that one would come up. Did you?
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“There is no fact in it in the mean time.
“Lamine was one of many excellent defenders who produced a outstanding run of performances when he first arrived at Sunderland to assist us keep within the Premier League however since then I am not fairly positive what’s occurred to his profession.
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“It is clearly slipped approach down from the place he was when he carried out with me in order that places a doubt about his capacity to maintain that stage of efficiency.
“So I am undecided whether or not I might have an interest or to not be sincere.
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“However I discovered him to be not solely a improbable footballer however a improbable lad when he was enjoying with me in that time period.”
The Toffees virtually accomplished a £19m deal to signal Kone from Sunderland earlier than it broke down on the final minute, leaving the African devastated.
Talking over the collapse of that switch, Kone stated: “Everton, they aren’t a small membership.
“There have been different golf equipment too. Nevertheless it was not concrete like Everton.
“It was an excellent alternative for me. A golden alternative. They’re enjoying for the highest positions. They could possibly be in Europe.
“So it was an attention-grabbing problem for me. On the time, I used to be upset.”