By Dominic Toner
Lamine Kone is expected to agree a new contract with Sunderland, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that the defender is set to seal a new deal despite strong interest from Everton in the summer.
The report details David Moyes has managed to persuade the 27-year-old to stay after keeping hold of the powerful centre-back on deadline-day.
The Mirror reported on deadline-day that Everton were keen to complete a £20million move for Kone after having an initial £18million bid rejected, but Sunderland were not willing to let him leave unless they had a replacement.
Kone joined Sunderland in January and helped the Black Cats avoid relegation from the Premier League..
Ronald Koeman was keen to bolster the Everton defence in the transfer window after allowing John Stones to join Manchester City for £47.5million.
Everton did manage to sign experienced centre-back Ashley Williams from Swansea and the Wales captain has slotted straight into the new look side.
He has formed a partnership with Phil Jagielka and they kept their first clean sheet of the league season in a 1-0 win against Stoke.
Everton are currently unbeaten this season under Koeman, after picking up seven points in the league and cruising past past Yeovil 4-0 in the EFL second round.
In other Everton transfer news, their club president has revealed that they missed out on a transfer after a bid was submitted too late.