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Premier League side Sunderland have announced on Wednesday the signing of Ivory Coast defender Lamine Koné from Lorient FC for an undisclosed fee.
Koné represented France at youth level before making his full international debut for the Ivory Coast in 2014. He graduated from academy to first team at second division side LB Chateauroux in 2007 before earning a move to Lorient three years later.
The 26-year-old center back was a long-sought target for the Black Cats, with two previous attempts to sign the French-born defender falling short.
“Strengthening our defensive options was a priority for us and Lamine is a player that has impressed me when I’ve seen him play,” Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce told the club’s official website.
“He is big and strong, attributes you need to play in central defence in the Premier League, and his arrival will give us healthy competition for places in a key position,” he concluded.
Koné has signed a four-year deal with Sunderland that will tie him till 2020 and will wear the shirt number 23 for the Black Cats.