'Means extra in the kitty!': Sunderland fans hoping for transfer boost after defender departure
Lamine Kone has left Sunderland - and fans have been quick to offer their thoughts on the permanent departure of the defender.
Kone, a one-time fans' favourite during the Sam Allardyce era, has penned a deal with French side Strasbourg having spent the last season on loan with the Ligue 1 side.
And while his permanent exit comes as little surprise, fans have been quick to offer their thoughts on the deal received by the Black Cats.
@DannyBaister said: "Is it too late to accept that offer from Everton??"
@RamseySAFC commented: "And that just leaves Catts from Big Sam's excellent starting XI. Only 3 years ago man"
@kielwatson added: "fantastic news"
@braddfearnleyy tweeted: "Now announce Curtis Nelson"
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@michaeleve_safc posted: "Can't see that tackle on #YayaToure anywhere. Possibly the best wiping out of a high class player ever seen at the SoL."
@ABowens07 commented: "Hefty wage off the books. Means extra in the kitty for this summers rebuild"
@chodgson2002 tweeted: "Always will be one of my favourites just from the big Sam season good luck to him"
@rossrobson said: "You wonder what might have been different for both Sunderland and Kone if we HAD accepted that £20m bid from @Everton"
@LiamJordanSAFC5 posted: "Now we need to get some players in"
@redjasper73 added: "Good another rotten egg off the payroll