Lamine Kone celebrates scoring the third goal for Sunderland with Younes Kaboul and Jermain Defoe
Crystal Palace have shown late interest in sabotaging Watford's move for Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul, according to Sky Sports.
If the Sky report is correct, it appears Palace have heard the news that Kaboul is eager to return to London where his family still reside, and are eager to continue spending the money from Yannick Bolasie's sale to Everton.
If Alan Pardew and Steve Parish are successful in bringing the 30-year-old to Selhurst Park, rather than to the Hornets, it certainly won't do well for relations between the two clubs either side of the Thames.
Chelsea's Diego Costa in action with Sunderland's Younes Kaboul
The former Spurs captain had looked set to move to Vicarage Road for £3.5 million (Sunderland Echo) after a week of interest in the defender from the Hornets, and Watford will still likely be in the driving seat with reports that he had a medical scheduled for today.
But the recent transfer of Alex Pritchard, who was talked into joining Norwich from Spurs after appearing to be very much on his way to Brighton, is an indication of how quickly deals can change.
Bournemouth's Lee Tomlin in action with Sunderland's Younes Kaboul
Kaboul spent several years in London with Tottenham, but left in search of regular football last summer and went on to make 23 league appearances for the Black Cats last season.
He played the full 90 minutes in last weekend's 2-1 loss to Manchester City - who his next Premier League appearance will be for is anyone's guess.
Sunderland's Younes Kaboul in action with Manchester City's Bacary Sagna