Forget intentional April Fools; Kaboul to Arsenal is the real joke

Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

Yesterday was April 1, and yet today I read a story that seemed more unbelievable than anything I had come across on the day all jokers get their buzz.

A report in the Daily Star claims Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul could follow in the footsteps of Sol Campbell and swap Spurs for Arsenal. But while the initial story appeared late on Tuesday, this does not seem to be a belated punch-line.

Still doing the rounds now, this one appears to be ‘true’…concrete speculation (if you will pardon the contradiction in terms) rather than merely an in-joke.

The report claims that the defender – out of contract this summer – has told friends he is keen to move North London clubs.

With the likely departure of Thomas Vermaelen, Arsene Wenger will certainly be looking for at least one new centre-back. But given the form of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny (now arguably the best defensive pairing in the top flight) would Kaboul really believe he has what it takes to break that up?

And then there is the player’s injury-record, which according to has seen him suffer 14 injuries of various severities since his move to Tottenham from Portsmouth.

At 28 years of age, and having played just eight Premier League appearances this season, Kaboul is not the man I can see Wenger moving for this summer – free transfer or otherwise.

April Fools’ Day may now be over for another year, but there are few stories that have been as unbelievable as the one linking another Spurs player with what is regarded by many as an unforgivable switch of allegiance.

And as if to prove it, the player himself later came out to dismiss the speculation.

"I can confirm 100% that the rumour about me joining Arsenal is not true," Kaboul tweeted.  

But it gave plenty of people a laugh. More so, in fact, than many of the stories written yesterday specifically to do just that.

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