Ever since Roy Keane publicly declared his interest in signing Tottenham’s Teemu Tainio, Pascal Chimbonda, Younes Kaboul and Steed Malbranque; the four fringe players have been very much under the spotlight. Taino passed a medical and completed a move to the Black Cats yesterday evening, with Chimbonda’s move but an inch away. ChimbondaÂ had to settle for a place on the bench for the second half of last season, since Juande Ramos signed Alan Hutton in January.
And now Younes Kaboul’s representatives have announced that the centre-half has agreed personal terms with Sunderland, and will have a medical in the morning. Kaboul, 22, earlierÂ summer declared that he wouldn’t join Sunderland “even if there was an earthquake”, stating that he would rather join up with Harry Redknap and Portsmouth. Big things were expected from the Frenchman last season, with then manager Martin Jol splashing out Â£8 million on him. But he has seemingly been made surplus to requirements by new boss, Juande Ramos.
Steed Malbranque is the fourth of Roy Keane’s targets. The midfielder seemed to impress Ramos last season with his outstanding workrate, but, ever since the midfielder signed for Spurs from Fulham, he has been deployed on the left of midfield. Even though he is a right-footer who’s natural position is in centre-midfield. But with the signing of Gio Dos Santos; the seems to be no place for him in the Tottenham sign next season.
Black Cats boss Roy Keane has spoken out about the transfer of Teemu Tainio, who was very much a fringe player last campaign. He said: “We’re delighted to have completed the transfer of Teemu Taino. It’s been drawn out but it’s gone through. He’s an experienced midfield player with a good mentality.”
With all the new signings arriving at Spurs, Juande Ramos needs to start selling his fringe players, as they take the places of young up and coming players in the reserves.
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