Everton have been installed as favourites to sign Sunderland defender Lamine Kone in the January transfer window, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.

SkyBet have the Toffees priced at 3/1 to snap up Kone, 28, who was signed at the Stadium of Light by Sam Allardyce in January 2016 from French outfit Lorient.

West Ham (5/1) and West Brom (6/1) are also seen as being in the running for the centre-back, who according to the Mirror had a stunning £20million price-tag slapped on his head in the summer.

Kone is clearly a favourite of Allardyce, who brought him to Sunderland last year.

The nine-times Ivory Coast international played a pivotal role in seeing the Wearsiders avoid relegation that season, scoring two goals in a 3-0 win against Everton in May 2016 to ensure the Black Cats stayed up – preserving Allardyce’s proud record of never suffering the drop.

It seems that the new Goodison Park manager may still be interested in signing Kone for a second time if the bookmakers’ odds are anything to go by, and with Everton’s defence leaking goals this season, it may be an area that needs improving in the next transfer window.

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However Kone is struggling to find form and get game time for Sunderland in the Championship this campaign.

He has made just 13 appearances across all competitions since the Black Cats suffered relegation under the charge of David Moyes.

In other Everton news, Allardyce has taken a brutal swipe at a previous candidate for the Toffees job.

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