Transfer news: Younes Kaboul could follow in Sol Campbell's footsteps as Tottenham defender linked with Arsenal move - reports
Campbell left Spurs for north London rivals Arsenal and Kaboul has been identified as a possible addition to the Gunners in the summer
Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul could follow in the footsteps of former Spurs captain Sol Campbell after the Frenchman was linked with a stunning move to north London rivals Arsenal in the summer.
Kaboul has a year left on his contract but could look to move on, especially if Arsenal secure a 17th consecutive year in the Champions League at Spurs’ expense. However, Campbell instantly went from hero to zero in the eyes of the White Hart Lane faithful, and became a target of hatred from the Tottenham support that used to cheer him on – a fate Kaboul would also have to get used to if he made the same move.
The Daily Star has reported that the 28-year-old has been identified as a replacement for captain Thomas Vermaelen, who looks set to leave the Emirates this season after losing his place to fellow centre-back Laurent Koscielny.
The move could also be aided given that Kaboul is best friends with Abou Diaby, the Arsenal midfielder who Arsene Wenger confirmed would finally return to training on Tuesday after recovering from his latest serious knee injury.
However, taking to his Twitter account Wednesday, Kaboul completely dismissed the talk of a switch across north London.
I can confirm 100% that the rumour about me joining Arsenal is not true!!! #coys; Younes Kaboul (@YounsKabs4) April 2, 2014
Vermaelen appeared to be a revelation when he joined in 2009 when the Gunners’ defence needed significant strengthening, but he suffered a string of injuries and has struggled to win back his place in the starting line-up.
While he could leave in the summer, Vermaelen has spoken of both his and the rest of the Arsenal squad’s desire to see Wenger put pen to paper on a contract extension – something that was expected to have been completed months ago but has now but the 64-year-old’s future in significant doubt if they don’t finish in the top four and win the FA Cup.
“Everybody wants him to stay as long as he can,” revealed Vermaelen.
“He’s been incredible what he’s done for this club and for the players as well. We would be really happy for signing on for a few more years.”
Latest in Sport
Tony Bellew vs Nathan Cleverly 2 report: Bellew takes his revenge with points win over Cleverly
F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2014 live: Lewis Hamilton heads towards second championship as Nico Rosberg has major engine troubles
England vs Samoa match report: England finally end losing streak as Jonny May stars in win ahead of Wallabies showdown
Arsenal vs Manchester United report: Wayne Rooney and a Kieran Gibbs own goal make Gunners rue missed chances
Arsenal vs Manchester United player ratings: Who was the star man? Wayne Rooney or David De Gea?
- 2 Tower Bridge glass walkway 'smashed' by night-time visitor dropping bottle of beer
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'