By Derrick Kiplagat
The Black Cats have completed the signing of Tottenham Centre back Younes Kaboul at an undisclosed fee.
The French Centre half has signed a four-year deal with Dick Advocaat’s team, whose move for Zenit St. Petersburg’s Nicolas Lombaerts failed earlier this week.
Sunderland’s centre-back tally was reduced to four earlier on Thursday, when Santiago Vergini left to join Getafe on a season-long loan. However, the Black Cats have moved quickly to replace the Argentine with Kaboul, who joins last season’s loan star Sebastian Coates in agreeing a permanent switch to the Stadium of Lights this summer.
Dutch forward Jeremain Lens and Wales right-back Adam Matthews are the other new signings.
“I’m delighted to be a Sunderland player and it’s an honor to join this club. I would like to thank Lee Congerton and the head coach for making this move possible and I can’t wait to start playing for the Sunderland supporters.” Kaboul told Sunderland’s official website.
Sunderland’s coach Advocaat said, “He is a very experienced player, which is what we need. He has shown that in his time at Spurs and he will be a very good addition to our squad.”
Sunderland have tried to sign Kaboul before and even had a bid accepted by Tottenham prior to the 29-year-old joining Portsmouth in August 2008.
The player’s agent Rudy Raba said at the time, “Younes would not join Sunderland even if there was an earthquake. We’ve much more interesting options. No disrespect, but playing at Sunderland would not help his international career.”
The Black Cats have brought in three Spurs players that summer; Pascal Chimbonda, Steed Malbranque and Teemu Tainio.
Kaboul, however, returned to White Hart Lane 18 months later and was made captain by Mauricio Pochettino at the start of last season, but went on to make just 15 appearances in all competitions for the North Londoners.