​Sunderland are looking to offload towering defender Lamine Kone, as Premier League sides West Ham and Southampton continue to monitor the situation.

As reported by the ​Daily Star however, the Black Cats will only sell the player if their valuation of him is met.

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Kone, who was booed off following a shambolic display in preseason in a 5-0 battering by Scottish Champions Celtic, has nonetheless garnered attention from several top division clubs following a solid season for an utterly miserable Sunderland side last campaign.

The Ivory Coast international bounced back with a strong 90 minute performance in his team's Championship opener on Friday, a 1-1 draw with Derby County.

And his new manager Simon Grayson was full of praise for a player he views as having a key role in their fight to be promoted back into the top flight:

“He has shown a good attitude. Lamine has been questioned but he was outstanding the other night.

''Every player up and down the country has got a value on their head. We have got a value for all our players and if nobody reaches that value, then they will stay with us.''