Younes Kaboul has laughed off speculation he could ‘do a Sol Campbell’ and leave Tottenham Hotspur for Arsenal in the summer.
Thomas Vermaelen has been widely tipped to leave the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season, having lost his place in the heart of the Gunners back four in recent times. Arsene Wenger has paired Laurent Koscielny with Per Mertesacker at centre defence since last season, and they have forged one of the best understandings in the league.
But if the Belgian international is to leave when the window reopens, this would leave Wenger searching for a replacement, especially as Hamburg want to sign Johan Djourou on a permanent basis after an impressive loan spell this term. And according to the Daily Star, the French coach has set his sights on compatriot Kaboul.
The former Auxerre man is currently in his second spell at Tottenham, having initially joined them in 2007 before leaving for Portsmouth a year later. He spent eighteen months on the South Coast before returning to White Hart Lane, and although injuries have severely disrupted his last two seasons, he remains a valuable member of the first team squad.
The 28-year-old, though, is out of contract at the end of the season, and it has been suggested that Arsenal want him to follow the path once famously taken by Sol Campbell. The England defender crossed the North London divide to much controversy when his Spurs contract expired in 2001, but Kaboul has denied he will follow suit.
Taking to his official twitter account, @YounsKabs4, he said: “I can confirm 100% that the rumour about me joining Arsenal is not true!!! #coys”