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West Ham closing in on Tottenham malcontent

Defender Younes Kaboul was named Tottenham's captain over the summer, but he has only played for the club twice since November. Now it looks like he may be heading to Upton Park.

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It has become increasingly apparent that Tottenham Hotspur are trying to move on one of their five central defenders. The most likely candidate, now that Vlad Chiriches move to Roma has broken down, is club captain Younes Kaboul. The French defender has found himself on the outside looking in at White Hart Lane in recent months, but could be granted a reprieve in the form of a move to West Ham.

West Ham are looking like they intend to make a lot of deals on deadline day and with the uncertainty surrounding the future of Winston Reid (who may be joining Spurs on a free this summer) reinforcements at the heart of defense seem to be a priority for manager Sam Allardyce. The Independent is reporting that the deal could be for £2.5 million, though I've seen figures as high as £4 million being bandied about on Twitter.

If Daniel Levy and Co. are able to squeeze any money out of Kaboul then it's probably a miracle. And even if £2.5 million isn't all that much, it's probably worth taking a hit on the bottom line to get rid of a player who has, allegedly, been leading a faction of the dressing room that revolted against the manager early in the season.