Lamine Kone could be the first of several new arrivals at Sunderland in the opening hours of the January transfer window.
Sunderland’s need for reinforcements was again highlighted by last night’s defeat to Liverpool, which left Sam Allardyce’s side seven points adrift of safety.
The Black Cats are on the verge of signing Lorient centre-half Lamine Kone after he underwent a medical on Wearside yesterday, with the deal expected to be signed and sealed by the weekend.
Allardyce declined to comment on Kone when asked last night, yet Lorient have confirmed they have accepted a fee for the 26-year-old, who has been eager to move to the Premier League for several months.
But Kone is not the only fresh face that Allardyce is hoping to add early on in the window, with Sunderland understood to be lining up another two signings.
At least one of them, like Kone, is thought to be arriving from France’s Ligue 1.
Along with a centre-half, a new centre-forward has been at the top of Allardyce’s wish-list for several weeks, while Lorient right-back Lamine Gassama is reported to have turned down Sunderland’s advances, despite his contract expiring at the end of the season.
The transfer window opens on Saturday and Allardyce is under no illusions about Sunderland’s desperate need to bring in reinforcements before their situation in the relegation battle is irreversible.
“Hopefully we will be successful sooner rather than later in January,” he said.