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Sunderland can get rid of Kone with Loovens arrival

Sunderland can get rid of Kone with Loovens arrival

With only a few weeks of the transfer window left, Sunderland have been working quickly to bring in some numbers to the squad. 

Powerhouse central defender Lamine Kone looks like he will leave Sunderland this summer. The Ivory Coast international is keen to leave and has been linked with a move away by the Sunderland Echo as the club looks to cut the deadwood from the squad. With Jack Ross as manager and Stewart Donald as the new owner, the Black Cats are undergoing a revolution and will hopefully have a better season next year than they have over the previous two.

Kone’s likely departure will clear up some wage space but in his place, Sunderland will have to bring in a replacement and according to the Northern Echo, Glenn Loovens is set to become the club’s eighth summer signing.

The Breakdown

Loovens left Sheffield Wednesday at the end of last season and will be signed on a free transfer by Sunderland. The 34-year-old defender only managed to play 20 games in the Championship for Wednesday last season, a drop from the 32 he managed the season before.

The commanding defender has tonnes of experience and could be incredibly valuable to Ross as he looks to take Sunderland back to the Championship. Ross has already brought in Tom Flanagan and Alim Ozturk but Loovens could add crucial leadership to the squad.

He may be in the latter stages of his career but a free transfer for the Dutchman makes sense for Sunderland side that desperately needs to strengthen ahead of the start of next season.

What do you reckon Sunderland fans? 

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