By Harvey Byrne
David Moyes revealed on Friday that Lamine Kone had rejected a new contract offer at Sunderland – and Toffees supporters have reacted jubilantly to the news.
The manager, speaking ahead of the Black Cats’ clash with local rivals Middlesbrough on Sunday, announced that the 27-year-old has turned down a new and improved deal at the club and arrived in training with a “bad back”.
Sky Sports North East reporter Keith Downie revealed the news on his personal Twitter account on Friday afternoon and quoted Moyes as saying Sunderland want Kone to stay.
Moyes says he made Kone the new contract offer earlier than Sept 1 to give him the security he's asked for, but he doesn't want it.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 19, 2016
The Sun claimed that Moyes has already rejected a £14million bid for the defender from Everton, but this latest reveal could force the Scotsman’s hands after the experienced player had already handed in a transfer request to the club.
Fans of the Toffees have welcomed the news of Kone rejecting a new deal, and some have reacted to quotes their former manager made when taking Marouane Felliani and trying to sign Leighton Baines at Manchester United.
Here are a selection of their views on Twitter:
— Michael Penn (@pennma2) August 19, 2016
So Kone has a bad back?? Obviously that will go when he nails a medical for us next week ? #EFC
— Nathan Burgess ✌ (@burgessn1985) August 19, 2016
Joe Hart, Rachid Ghezzal & Lamine Kone alongside Gueye, Williams, Bolassie & Steklenberg could be the best window ever! #EFC
— Jamie Crotty ⚽⚾ (@JCrotty1878) August 19, 2016
New stadium within 3 years Williams requested move, Bolasie requested move, Kone hands in transfer request, who next Hart? Everlution #efc
— Glynn (@glynn_parry) August 19, 2016
— CM (@COYB187811) August 19, 2016
If and a big if we can add Hart and Kone to current squad and pick up another striker then it's been a fantastic transfer window for #efc
— Neil (@spuddy1878) August 19, 2016
Hart, Kone, the lad from Lyon a centre forward and a centre midfielder and Farahd Moshiri's/ Ronald Koeman's Everton have lift off! #EFC
— Shaun Kelly (@shaunk2209) August 19, 2016
— James Woods (@efc_tiger) August 19, 2016
Ronald Koeman has already brought in Idrissa Gueye, Maarten Stekelenburg, Ashley Williams and Yannick Bolasie this summer.
The Dutch manager is reportedly keen to add a few more players to his squad and has been strongly linked with Joe Hart and Rachid Ghezzal, as well as Kone.
Everton face West Brom on Saturday and Koeman will be keen to get his first competitive win in charge of the Toffees.
In other Everton transfer news, Yannick Bolasie has dismissed his price tag as irrelevant after joining the Toffees.