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Lamine Kone edges closer to Everton move after turning down new Sunderland deal

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Defender could soon make £18m switch to Goodison Park

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Everton have received a boost in their bid to sign Sunderland’s Lamine Kone with the news that the defender has turned down a new deal at the Stadium of Light.

Ronald Koeman wants to add another defender his squad and reportedly agreed a fee in the region of £18m with Sunderland for Kone earlier this month.

Kone then seemingly tried to force through the move by handing in a transfer request, citing broken promises over a new contract.

Sunderland boss David Moyes responded by reiterating his desire to keep Kone in the north-east and was ready to offer him a new deal on September 1.

The Scot has since revealed he made the contract offer early but Kone has turned it down, seemingly clearing the path to Goodison Park.

Everton may now step up their efforts to sign Ivory Coast defender Kone, who cost Sunderland just £5m from Lorient in January.

It will also be interesting to see how Moyes responds to Everton’s interest given how he behaved when trying to sign Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines while Man Utd boss in the summer of 2013.

Back then Moyes said he would have let both players leave had he still been in charge at Everton “for the good of their careers”.

Will he now apply the same logic?