Carroll Linked with Sunderland Move as Defender Exit Reportedly Nears Reality

On another day without an arrival in sight, could Sunderland be about to lose a key man?

by RGHanson93 Friday, 19 August 2016 02:29 PM Comments
On another day without an arrival in sight, could Sunderland be about to lose a key man? Here is today's transfer tittle tattle.

Kaboul fee agreed... Apparently.

Plenty has been made of Younes Kaboul's proposed move to Watford this week, and the deal is reportedly growing closer to completion according to reports in France.Sunderland and Watford have supposedly agreed a fee, believed to be a lowly £4 million, for the defender.

It is a deal which makes zero sense from a Sunderland point of view, albeit Watford will be optimistic of striking a deal for the 31-year-old. The chance for Sunderland to cash in and recoup some of their outlay, as well as offering the former Spurs man a return to the promise land of London, will surely be too tempting for Ellis Short and Kaboul.

Yet anyone who has watched Kaboul grow in importance for Sunderland will know it's a deal that should not happen. A threadbare squad, as well as the uncertainty over Kone, means Sunderland could be left with John O'Shea, Papy Djiliobodji and defender-turned-midfielder Paddy McNair as central options with less than two weeks of the transfer window remaining.

Kaboul's fight and passion was evident as Sunderland ensured Premier League survival last year, showing how much Wearside has got under his skin, much like Jermain Defoe before him.

The Sun claim Kaboul is on his way to Vicarage Road, but given the media’s coverage of the Kone saga, a hefty pinch of salt is advised. The rumours will undoubtedly persist, but it seems that only the player's personal reasons, rather than any footballing ones, would catalyst a move.

Carroll linked amid contract uncertainty

Tottenham midfielder Tom Carroll was the latest name to be linked with a move to Wearside today.

The 24-year-old has caused confusion in the transfer market this summer, while he has also been linked with Swansea and West Brom. Having progressed through the Tottenham youth ranks, Carroll signed a 5-year contract extension in 2011. It doesn't take a maths degree to work out that Carroll's contract was due to expire this summer, and Spurs have remained quiet over a further extension.

Nevertheless, Carroll was involved in Mauricio Pochettino's retained list last month, and took part in their pre-season preparations.

It's no secret Sunderland are desperate for midfield reinforcements, with John O'Shea forced to fill the gaps in last week's outing at Manchester City. With the Yann M'Vila deal still dragging on, Sunderland's midfield woes are increasingly concerning.

Moyes' perchant for British youth also makes this an obvious rumour. Having featured 30 times in the league last season as Spurs finished third, Carroll certainly has the Premier League experience Moyes is looking for, even if his performances were overshadowed next to the likes of Eric Dier and Dele Alli.