Lamine Kone

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Done Deals: Ex-Spurs men find new PL homes; another Sunderland signing

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The only thing better than a brand spanking new transfer rumor involving your favorite football club is the official announcement of a brand spanking new signing by said favorite club.

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On Tuesday and Wednesday, as will be the case every day between now and the end of the January transfer window on Monday, Feb. 1, supporters of a handful of Premier League clubs felt the joy and optimism of new arrivals, as well as the sadness of the dearly departed.

[ MORE: Wednesday’s transfer rumor roundup | Tuesday | Monday ]

Emmanuel Adebayor signed for Crystal Palace, as a free signing

Andros Townsend moved to Newcastle United from Tottenham Hotspur, for a reported fee of $17 million

Lamine Kone moved to Sunderland from Lorient (Ligue 1), for a reported fee of $7 million

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Ramires moved to Jiangsu Suning (China) from Chelsea, for a reported fee of $36 million

Christian Atsu moved to Malaga (La Liga) from Chelsea, on loan

Sunderland could face fines, points deduction for transfer dealings

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As if the 2015-16 Premier League season’s not been hard enough for Sunderland already — like they’ve not won few enough points already, either — things might be about to get even worse for manager Sam Allardyce and Co.

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Shortly before the new year, Sunderland agreed a transfer fee for Lorient defender Lamine Kone. Shortly after, Kone traveled to Wearside, where he would stay for eight days while undergoing medical evaluations and negotiating personal terms ahead of completing his move to the Black Cats.

That was the plan, anyway, until Sunderland completed and announced the transfer of Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff earlier this week, effectively ending their need for Kone, so they canceled the deal. Having spent more than a week in England, Kone missed two games and hadn’t trained for three weeks due to France’s international break before returning to Lorient.

[ MORE: Saturday’s transfer rumor roundup | Friday | Thursday ]

Understandably, Lorient are not amused by how Sunderland conducted themselves during the whole ordeal and have submitted an official complaint to the French FA, which will then be forwarded on to the English FA and UEFA.

If the complaint is upheld, Sunderland could face punishment in the form of fines, transfer embargo, or, most worryingly, a deduction of points. With the club already sitting 19th in the PL table, five points from safety, any deduction of points could well seal their fate as a Championship club next season.