SAM ALLARDYCE has laughed off suggestions he is set to launch a move to bring his former Sunderland defender Lamine Kone to Everton.

The new Blues chief brought the Ivory Coast defender to England back in January 2016 while in charge of the Black Cats.

Kone, 28, produced a number of outstanding displays to help Big Sam keep Sunderland in the top-flight.

But since then his, and the North East side's, form has dropped dramatically and following relegation last season they now find themselves in the lower reaches of the Championship.

Despite that fact, Everton have still been linked with the centre-half, but Allardyce dismissed those rumours this afternoon.