Sunderland have confirmed a bid has been accepted for Younes Kaboul and the player has opened up on his future at the club.
In a statement which reflected the openness shown by the club on the failed Davide Santon transfer, Sunderland confirmed rumours which had steadily gained pace this week. Whilst the news is far from a good thing, the continued willingness to release these statements are refreshing and hopefully they continue.
Unfortunately the statement is confirmation Kaboul will leave Sunderland. It's far from convenient for a squad already threadbare, and the rumoured replacements - most notably Blackburn's Shane Duffy - don't really instil much confidence. That said, £8m arrival Papy Djilobodji will no doubt be next in the defensive pecking order to partner Lamine Kone. Let's hope he steps up, otherwise this could be a long season.
Kaboul cited personal reasons behind the desire to move and thanked the club for their understanding. He saved special mention for us - the fans - who gave him his "passion back", describing the situation as an "incredibly difficult decision". The full quotes are on the club's website.
We all warmed to the Frenchman who performed brilliantly for large periods of last season. He was 6th in your votes for our Player of the Season, dragged down by a dodgy start to life on Wearside. Watford are getting themselves an excellent player, whilst we are getting a sizeable gap in our first team.
Is disappointing, it's arguably a bigger loss than Kone would have been given the paltry transfer fee we will no doubt receive. The timing is terrible and this whole transfer window is a massive mess which we have very little time to tidy.
Good luck Younes, hope all is well and thanks for last season.