Sam Allardyce has played down media speculation linking Everton with one of his former players, Lamine Koné.
The defender made a big impact at Sunderland the start of the 2015-16 season and was later courted by Everton to the point that he go as far as visiting Finch Farm but a move never materialised.
Koné remained with the Black Cats and, under Allardyce, went on to score against the Blues in the fixture that confirmed that club's Premier League status at the end of that season but his form suffered in the following campaign as Sunderland eventually succumbed to relegation.
It's that slump in performances that is what concerns Allardyce and would give him pause before attempting to reunite with the Ivorian centre-half.
“There's no truth in it at the moment,” the manager said when asked about the links with Kone in his pre-match press conference. “He was one of the outstanding defenders that produced a remarkable run of performance when he first arrived at Sunderland to that club stay in the Premier League.
“Since then, I'm not quire sure what's happened to his career but it's obviously slipped way down from when he performed with me.
“That puts a doubt about his ability he can sustain that level of performance so I'm not sure whether I'd be interested or not to be perfectly honest.
“But I found him not only to be a fantastic footballer and a fantastic lad when he was playing for me during that period of time.”
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1 Posted 22/12/2017 at 18:07:24
2 Posted 22/12/2017 at 18:26:56
I like the sound of the Lille player Sourouaro, who mainly operates at Left Back/Centre Back, but can play anywhere in the defence with ease. Due to financial impositions the Club apparently have to raise £25M pretty smartish so could let him go for around £20M.
3 Posted 22/12/2017 at 19:21:08
4 Posted 22/12/2017 at 20:44:08
Since being linked 18 months ago, I've watched quite a bit of him and I am not impressed at all.
Tyias Browning is at Sunderland is no long-term prospect in my opinion but I'd much rather have him, who is playing ahead of Kone, at centre-back.
I am happy that Big Sam appears to want to look elsewhere.
5 Posted 23/12/2017 at 05:30:38
Not sure that we will see Funes Mori back again. Luis from Chelsea is unsettled and could be tempted for a loan spell, and then we can see where we go from there.
6 Posted 23/12/2017 at 10:20:02
He is probably upset he didn't get the move last time and his game has suffered.
His attitude and commitment have to be questioned now, I would swerve this one and find better options.
7 Posted 23/12/2017 at 10:58:17
Sam has come to help us survive and, whilst that is not enough for most supporters, this boardroom will hang on to their money unless we sell Barkley and others first.
We are a very small-minded club with pretty low expectations; that is why we continually sell off all our best players whilst the top six clubs hang on to their best players and only let them go when they are surplus.
We've been Man Utd's dumping ground for the past few seasons and that is disgraceful for a club of our stature.
8 Posted 23/12/2017 at 11:16:01
9 Posted 23/12/2017 at 11:24:50
10 Posted 23/12/2017 at 11:44:50
Lescott was superb for Everton over 3 seasons.
He played one rank game in all that time, when Moyes foolishly insisted on playing Lescott with a muddled head when Man City and Mark Hughes doggedly pursued him though the summer of 2009.
The result was the stuff of nightmares: a 6-1 home trouncing by Arsenal on the opening day of the season. You don't lose like that because one player (allegedly) 'downed tools'.
That was Joleon's last game for Everton. The inevitable transfer to City followed shortly afterwards.
11 Posted 23/12/2017 at 11:52:29
12 Posted 27/12/2017 at 00:33:55
13 Posted 30/12/2017 at 20:25:35
14 Posted 30/12/2017 at 20:26:17
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