It's official: Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement with Sunderland for the transfer of French center back Younes Kaboul. The announcement was made on Spurs' Twitter account as well as on the club website.
The transfer fee was not disclosed, but the Telegraph is reporting it as £4m. Spurs signed him for £4.13m back in 2010, so breaking even on him at this point should be considered a very astute piece of business.
Kaboul had two stints with Tottenham and was most recently re-signed from Portsmouth by then-manager Harry Redknapp. He was known as a very capable defender, but was plagued by injuries during much of his second stint at White Hart Lane.
Last season, Kaboul was named club captain but had a falling out with Mauricio Pochettino after a loss to Stoke City and never again played for the club in league competition. He was marginalized to the fringes of the squad, so his sale is neither unexpected nor surprising. Kaboul will head to a Sunderland team that needs defensive stolidity after two consecutive seasons where they flirted with relegation.
With Kaboul's departure, Spurs have continued their summer club clear-out, with a few more players like Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor, Aaron Lennon, and Vlad Chiriches expected to be sold as well. Tottenham have already done a fair amount of business in the transfer window, bringing in Kevin Wimmer, Toby Alderweireld, and Kieran Trippier.
Best wishes to Younes at his new club.