Sunderland have been linked with a move Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul after the collapse of the Nicolas Lombaerts deal.
The Black Cats were dealt a blow this week when Belgian international Lombaerts’ proposed move from Zenit St Petersburg collapsed after the 30-year-old failed a medical.
However, Dick Advocaat remains eager to boost his central defensive options before the start of the season and there is speculation today that Kaboul is a player on Sunderland’s radar as an alternative to Lombaerts.
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.
But it would not be the first time that Sunderland have chased Kaboul.
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.”