Lamine Kone signed for Sunderland from French Ligue 1 side Lorient on 27 January 2016.
Kone began his youth career at SO Paris before moving to US Alfortville and then Chateauroux. While at Chateauroux, Kone made 74 appearances and scored four times after graduating from the academy set-up.
In 2010 Kone’s impressive performances grabbed the attention of Lorient and the Parisian-born defender went on to transform himself into a rock at the heart of their defence. Kone, who has made over 100 appearances for Lorient, is strong in the air and is quick enough to provide excellent cover across the backline.
The defender has also received international recognition with the French U17, U18, U19 and U20 national team; however Kone represents Ivory Coast at senior international level.
Sam Allardyce swooped to sign Kone on January 2016 and the investment was immediately repaid, with the new signing quickly proving a revelation at the back.
Kone played 15 games and chipped in with a crucial brace of goals in the 3-0 win over Everton which helped secure the club's top-flight survival.
In August 2018, the defender joined RC Strasbourg on a season-long loan.