Sunderland boss David Moyes insists he desires to hold on to Lamine Kone amid interest from former club Everton.
Lamine Kone “will stay” at Sunderland in line with manager David Moyes, despite rumours of an impending exit.
Premier League rivals Everton have place within a bid for the 27-year-old, but Moyes wants to preserve hold of your central defender.
While he confirmed the bid has not been turned down by the Sunderland board, Moyes insists he desires to hold Kone in the Stadium of Light.
“Kone will keep,” he mentioned. “The offer’s been rejected by me, yes. I’ve had that offer for a although now and I could have invested the money two weeks ago but undertaking that may be extremely hard.
“Given the prices, it could be very difficult to replace Lamine. Unless we could get a appropriate replacement, I would never ever do the deal.”
Moyes also conceded he’s not employed to being at a club with such a restricted transfer spending budget, but is hoping to bring in a handful of players before the window closes subsequent week.
“I’ve got complete faith in the owner [Ellis Short],” he mentioned. “But there is no doubt that our price range is just not in the amount of numerous other clubs you see getting players at the moment.
“I’m confident we’ll get a handful of in before 1 September however the excellent from the players that Sunderland can get in the moment is likely not what I’ve had in the Premier League. Not even close.
“You examine our competitors and what they are spending and we’re getting to deal differently.”
Sunderland are without having a win from their opening two Premier League fixtures, suffering losses to Middlesbrough and Manchester City.