Reading are eyeing a move to sign Sunderland defender Lamine Kone on a season long loan deal, according to journalist Alan Nixon. 

It is understood that the Black Cats want a permanent deal for Kone, but the Royals are only interested in signing the centre back on a loan deal.

Reading have already signed former Sunderland defender John O’Shea this summer, and the Irishman could now lik up with his former team mate at the Madejski Stadium.

The 29 year old has spent two and a half years at the Stadium of Light after being signed by Sam Allardyce from Lorient in 2016.

He impressed heavily during his first few months in English football and was subject to interest from Everton.

However, Kone elected to stay with Sunderland and penned a five year deal with the Wearsiders.

He has been part of the squad that has suffered successive relegations from both the Premier League and the Championship and still has three years left on his current contract.

He is likely to be one of Sunderland’s biggest earners and Jack Ross wants him off the books at the Stadium of Light completely.

The new Sunderland manager is set to undergo a rebuilding job this summer, and Kone does not feature in his plans.

Reading defender Liam Moore could to be on his way out of the club as Brighton look to sign the 23 year old and Kone could be his replacement next campaign.

Kone’s career in Wearside appears to be over, but will he get a second crack at the Championship with the Royals?

 


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