Sunderland manager, Sam Allardyce told the press yesterday how despite a £5-million deal being in place for Kone, the move to the Stadium of Light had fallen through.
The Lorient vice-president, Alex Hayes in a statement described how the deal falling through was ‘outrageous’ with Sunderland attempting to change the pre-agreed deal that was put in place before the holiday season.
Kone joined Lorient in 2010 and he has since gone on to make 112 appearances for the French Ligue 1 side. He has also made one senior appearance for the Ivorian national team.
The 27-year-old’s current deal runs out in 2017.