Sunderland Defender Lamine Kone in the Middle of Tug of War Between 2 Premier League Clubs
Sunderland defender Lamine Kone is in the middle of a tug of war between West Brom and Burnley, who are vying for the 28-year-old's signature following the Black Cats relegation to the Championship.
Kone is understood to have expressed his desire to stay in the Premier League and with Sunderland already strapped for cash the transfer could inject much needed funds into their summer account - whilst offloading a player who is seemingly not committed to the club.
The 28-year-old joined Sunderland in January 2016 from Ligue 1's Lorient for a fee in the region of £5m, and despite his early form impressing the club's supporters it soon started to fall apart as Kone and the club slumped to relegation.
After losing Michael Keane to Everton, Burnley are looking for a replacement, meanwhile West Brom are in the search for centre-back reinforcements following the uncertain future of Jonny Evans.
However, it does put the Black Cats in a strong position as they have no obligation to sell and can attempt to get the best deal possible - although clubs will be aware of their financial difficulty and could play hard ball in return.