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David Moyes stands strong with regards to Sunderland defender

There’s not been much for the Sunderland fans in the Transfer Tavern to shout about in recent weeks, such is the nature of their start to the season. 

Though David Moyes’ arrival was heralded as the best possible outcome of Sam Allardyce’s departure for pastures new by our Wearside locals, the Scotsman has failed to impress so far.

Two losses in the opening two games and some dodgy signings, the Black Cats really aren’t roaring while they drown their sorrows at the bar.

However, the downtrodden Stadium of Light frequenters have finally been handed some good news, in the shape of reports from the Daily Mail.

They claim that Moyes has instructed Lamine Kone to stay in the North East, despite strong links with a move away.

As reported by Sky Sports earlier in the month, the former Lorient defender had asked to leave the club amid interest from Everton.

Upon his arrival back in January, the 27-year-old established himself as a formidable part of the side that valiantly staved off relegation under Big Sam.

According to WhoScored, the Ivory Coast international won 3.3 aerial duels per 90 minutes of Premier League action in his 15 games last term. Furthermore, he was voted Man of the Match on two occasions.


That sort of form saw his name chanted around the famous four walls of the Tavern for the latter half of the campaign.

Now, the club are said to have blocked him leaving after Moyes revealed he had rejected Everton’s bid.

‘I’ve had that offer (from Everton) for a while now and I could have invested that money two weeks ago, but that’s very difficult,’ he explained.

‘It’s very difficult to invest in players given the prices – in terms of who you can get for your money.

‘It will be very difficult to replace Lamine and until we were able to get close to a suitable replacement, I would never do the deal.

‘So yes (the offer has been rejected) by me. I have said that Kone is staying.’

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