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Spurs defender having medical in Newcastle ahead of Sunderland transfer

If you can't get a Belgium, how about a France?

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Well, that escalated quickly. News broke this morning that Tottenham Hotspur defender and former club captain Younes Kaboul was spotted in Newcastle today to have a medical with Sunderland. This rumor quickly moved from Random People Spotting Him Getting Out of a Car to Sky Sports Understands, and it's now been corroborated by the Sunderland Echo.

Why hadn't we heard about this until now? Well, besides the fact that a lot happens at a football club that we're not privy to, Sunderland were in need of a new center back. The club recently dumped Santiago Vergini, who it was announced went on a season-long loan to Getafe, and just had a £5m deal collapse that would've brought Belgian CB Nic Lombaerts from Zenit to the Stadium of Light. This is probably the point where Daniel Levy swung in on a vine and said "YO DAWG I HEAR YOU LIKE CENTRAL DEFENDERS."

Sky is reporting the transfer fee is £3m, which is both good for Sunderland, who get a formerly-outstanding central defender who has no chance of playing for Tottenham this season, and good for Spurs, who get rid of a player who was rumored to be a disruptive influence in the locker room last season.

This thing is moving fast, and it could be all done within a matter of hours. RIP Kaboul Cabal.