Kone agrees new Sunderland contract

Sunderland defender Lamine Kone has committed his future to the Premier League club by signing a new five-year contract.

The 27-year-old joined the Black Cats from Ligue 1 side Lorient last season, and went on to score twice in 15 Premier League appearances.

The Ivory Coast international was linked with a move away from the Stadium of Light during the recently concluded transfer window, but manager David Moyes has now secured his services until 2021.

"Lamine is an important player for this club and I made that clear to him from the outset," Moyes told the club’s official website.

"He has only been playing in the Premier League since January, but in that time we have already seen what he is capable of.

"The challenge for Lamine now is to build on what has been a very positive introduction to English football and to continue to improve and grow as a player."