Despite having to wait until Sunday for the chance to secure their Premier League safety, Crystal Palace and Sam Allardyce are seemingly pushing ahead with transfer plans for next season already.
Whilst there will be plenty of fans who argue that the club are tempting fate by making enquiries before our position in the top flight has been confirmed, Allardyce will no doubt feel that a proactive approach is necessary to stop any other clubs from jumping ahead of us in the queue.
It’s easy to dismiss a large number of Sunderland’s squad after the dreadful season they’ve just endured but Kone can be grouped in with the likes of Jermain Defoe and Jordan Pickford as an outstanding member of the Black Cats’ current crop of players.
Having been brought to the Stadium Of Light by Allardyce in January of 2016, Kone played a pivotal role in the club’s subsequent successful battle against relegation before announcing that he wanted to leave the club shortly after David Moyes was announced as Big Sam’s immediate successor that summer. Eventually, the defender relented and agreed to a new five-year contract in the North East but with relations between he and the new gaffer having been strained from the beginning, their relegation to the second tier is likely to spell the end for his time on Wearside.
You need only look at the impact Mamadou Sakho had on Palace’s fortunes in the eight games he played in red and blue this season to know what a top defender can bring to any side and with Damien Delaney almost certain to leave the club this summer, a summer swoop for Kone certainly gets the thumbs up from me.
It may be tempting fate to some extent but I for one am glad that Big Sam is going to such lengths to sell the Sunderland man on a move to SE25.