Purchasing players off the back of good World Cup performances is often a risky business but according to reports Sunderland may be about to do so as they have been linked with a bid for Greek international Panagiotis Kone.
According to the Corriere di Bologna, Sunderland have joined Torino, Lazio and Palermo in the hunt for the attacking midfielder with the report suggesting the club are ready to make an offer of around £3.1m for the 26-year-old.
Kone has impressed in the World Cup with Greece as they reached the knockout stage of the tournament for the first time ever but the winger was forced off early on in their last game against Ivory Coast with a slight hamstring injury. The player was also one of few players to emerge with any credit after Bologna were relegated from Serie A.
After impressing as captain in his club's unsuccessful fight against relegation and with his stock rising further after good displays at the World Cup, Kone is expected to leave Bologna this summer. As Hull City have agreed a fee of around £8m for Sunderland target Robert Snodgrass, could Kone be a good but much cheaper alternative to the Scottish international despite his lack of Premier League experience?
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