West Ham fans here in the Transfer Tavern are desperate for 2016/17 to come to an end, with their beloved Hammers having certainly not enjoyed the current campaign.
A number of issues have beset the Irons, including losing key man Dimitri Payet in January, and relegation to the Championship remains a worry, albeit a weekend win over Swansea has eased concerns.
There is, however, some excitement among fans as the transfer window approaches and the Mirror are reporting that Lamine Kone is once again a target for the club.
Neither occasion yielded a successful swoop, but with David Moyes’ Black Cats now all but condemned to relegation – they’re eight points from safety and rock-bottom of the Premier League – a move for Kone is much more realistic with the nine-cap Ivory Coast international unlikely to hang around should they drop to the second tier.
Bolstering their defence remains a priority for West Ham despite the January arrival of Jose Fonte, with the London Stadium side having shipped 57 goals this term – only Swansea, Hull and Bournemouth have a worse record.
Lamine Kone is not good enough for West Ham – agree?