Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul looks set to complete a £3m move to Sunderland.
Widespread reports suggest the centre-back is at the Acadmey of Light today to complete his medical ahead of moving to the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats were linked with a move for the Spurs defender overnight after the collapse of the Nicolas Lombaerts deal.
It was a major blow when Belgian international Lombaerts’ proposed move from Zenit St Petersburg collapsed after the 30-year-old failed a medical.
But head coach Dick Advocaat has moved quickly to bring in Kaboul - who was first linked with a move North back in 2008.
The Frenchman was a target for Roy Keane back in 2008 and Sunderland had a bid accepted by Spurs.
However, Kaboul’s agent Rudy Raba made infamous comments about his chances of joining Sunderland, before he made a move to Portsmouth.
“Younes would not join Sunderland - even if there was an earthquake,” said Raba.
“We’ve much more interesting options. No disrespect, but playing at Sunderland would not help his international career.”
Seven years on and Kaboul looks set for a change of heart.
Kaboul only has a year remaining on his contract at Spurs and is available for transfer after a miserable injury-hit campaign where he failed to appear in the Premier League after November.
Despite dropping down the pecking order at White Hart Lane, there have been suggestions that Spurs are looking for £5million for the 29-year-old, although it is likely they would accept a bid of around £3m.