Tottenham's Kaboul mulls Sunderland offer

July 22, 2008

Sunderland target Younes Kaboul will make a decision over the club's offer in the next 24 hours.

The Tottenham defender held talks with manager Roy Keane on Saturday despite his agent Rudy Raba earlier insisting he would not sign for the Black Cats.

However, Raba today confirmed that Kaboul, who has also been linked with Portsmouth, was impressed with what Keane had to say and is now considering his options.

He said: 'Younes was very impressed with Roy Keane when he met him, especially with his vision for Sunderland Football Club.

'He was also very impressed with the city, stadium and facilities which, to be fair, are second to none.

'Younes also appreciated the fact that Roy and Sunderland have given him a couple of days to make a decision. I now expect him to make up his mind in the next 24 hours.'

A positive decision would represent a major change of heart for the Morocco-born player and a triumph for Keane, who is still awaiting his first summer arrival.

He admitted last week he had not had a chance to sit down and talk to a single player this summer, but within 48 hours, had done just that with four men - Kaboul and Tottenham team-mates Pascal Chimbonda, Teemu Tainio and Steed Malbranque.

Keane and his players are currently at their training camp in Portugal, where they will face Vitoria de Setubal tomorrow evening before heading back to Wearside on Thursday.

The Irishman will hope he returns to England to find new faces on board as he steps up preparations for the new Premier League season.