Despite Younes Kaboul unlikely to make the move to Sunderland, it looks as though Pascal Chimbonda could be joining the north-east club.
The Frenchman said: “I can confirm that I travelled to meet Roy Keane at Sunderland’s training ground. I was extremely impressed with what he had to say.”
He added: “His honesty and openness really were fantastic and I particularly like the plans he has for Sunderland Football Club. The opportunity excites me and I hope he was impressed with what I had to say.
“Now it is down to the club to sort out the personal terms and I will wait to see what happens.”