French newspaper L’Equipe on Tuesday report that Younès Kaboul is close to a Sunderland exit.

The story isn’t a big one for L’Equipe, with it getting no more than two sentences in the newspaper’s Tuesday transfer round-up, but the sentences say an awful lot.

‘Sunderland and Watford are not very far from agreement on the transfer of Younes Kaboul to the club from North London. The 30 year old French defender could commit until 2019.’

Kaboul signed for Sunderland in 2015, having left Tottenham Hotspur. It had been the defender’s second period with Tottenham, having played at White Hart Lane from 2007 to 2008 before spending a period at Portsmouth.

Now 30 years of age, Kaboul may not be at his peak, but he’s shown enough for Watford to want to do a deal. The question for Sunderland is whether they can afford to release the player from their squad, and what amount of money makes that worth it.

Kaboul has a contract with Sunderland lasting until June 2019.