Norwich City and Aston Villa have both put a bid in for the failed Sunderland target, Lamine Kone. His proposed move to the Black Cats fell through earlier in the week.

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 Daily Express’s Liam Spence today reports how both The Canaries and Aston Villa have launched bids for the French-born Ivorian international and how Newcastle have also shown an interest.

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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.