Sunderland have decided to end their long-running pursuit of Lorient defender Lamine Kone, according to a report by Chris Young of the Sunderland Echo.

The North East club thought they had all but sealed a deal for the 26-year-old at the beginning of the month after he had a medical at the club.

However, negotiations between The Black Cats and Lorient hit a stumbling block and the move seemed dead in the water.

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However, a new proposal was discussed which involved the player joining Sam Allardyce’s side on loan until the end of the season, but that too did not come to fruition.

According to Young, Sunderland have decided to end negotiations with the French side and will instead pursue other targets in the remaining two weeks of the transfer window.

It remains to be seen who Sunderland look to bring in, especially as their defence is statistically the worst in the Premier League and the main reason as to why they find themselves in a relegation battle.