By Amir Mir
West Ham are monitoring Sunderland centre-back Lamine Kone, according to a report.
The Mirror claim the Hammers could face competition from Everton for the 27-year-old, who tried to lure him to Goodison Park in the summer, but their £18million bid was rejected.
As a result, Kone signed a new five-year deal with Sunderland in September, keeping him at the Stadium of Light until 2021, signing a contract worth a reported £70,000-a-week.
Now it has been claimed that the Black Cats are braced for a fresh wave of interest for their player in January, despite the north east club being bottom of the league, with no win from ten games.
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic wants to reportedly tighten up his error-prone defence, with the east London club conceding 19 goals this term, as they sit one place above the relegation zone.
Kone, has played nine Premier League and EFL Cup games this season, but has failed to inspire his club to win, as they have conceded 17 goals, with only two draws to their name.
This despite Kone helping Sunderland survive relegation last season under the stewardship of then-manager Sam Allardyce.
In other West Ham transfer news, the club supporters will be pleased as a senior figure has issued a positive fitness update on this player.