Sunderland 'enquire about Kara Mbodji'

Senegal's defender Kara Mbodji celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2015 African Cup of Nations group C football match between South Africa and Senegal in Mongomo on January 23, 2015
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Sunderland reportedly enquire about the availability of Anderlecht centre-back Kara Mbodji as Lamine Kone exit rumours gather pace.

Sunderland have reportedly made an enquiry for Anderlecht centre-back Kara Mbodji as David Moyes looks to make his first signing as Black Cats boss.

The 26-year-old Senegalese international is valued at £8m and is viewed by Moyes as an ideal replacement for Lamine Kone, who is expected to move to Everton for £18m just seven months after he joined the North-East side in a £5m deal.

Mbodji was close to joining West Ham United last summer but was denied a work permit as he had insufficient caps for his national side.

Following a string of appearances in qualifiers for the World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations, however, Mbodji is now past the required threshold and is able to sign for a Premier League side.

Sunderland are the only Premier League side not to sign a player so far this summer, with just 11 days remaining until the start of the new season.

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