Football: Keane is left waiting on Kaboul.
The Irishman could have been forgiven for thinking he had all but landed the Morocco-born Frenchman when he indicated his intention to head for Wearside to undergo a medical.
However, Villa are understood to have registered their interest after a week of speculation since the Black Cats tabled their joint bid for Kaboul, Teemu Tainio, Pascal Chimbonda and Steed Malbranque.
The former Auxerre man has asked for 24 hours to consider his future, and Keane will have to wait to see whether or not Martin O'Neill gets the chance to sell his own vision to the player.
Yesterday's development should perhaps come as no surprise.
Kaboul's agent Rudy Raba insisted last week there was no chance of his client moving to Sunder-land, even in the event of an earthguake, while Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp said his hopes of signing him were likely to be dashed by Villa.