Sunderland’s Lamine Kone has handed in a transfer request this evening.

Everton have offered £18m for the Ivory Coast international, who is reported to have told Black Cats boss David Moyes to give him an improved £70,000-per-week contract or approve his sale.

The 27-year-old is understood to have been on Merseyside on Monday about a possible move to Everton after failing to receive a new contract offer he was expecting at Sunderland.

Kone’s agent, Mark McKay confirmed the centre-back would re-join his team-mates on Wearside following a scheduled day off. McKay also confirmed that Kone is available for the trip to Manchester City on Saturday, adding he is yet to be offered a new contract.

Kone only signed for Sunderland January from Lorient for £5million and still has four years left to run on his current deal.

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