DICK ADVOCAAT has admitted defeat in his pursuit of Virgil van Dijk after signing central defender Younes Kaboul from Spurs.

The former France international has agreed a four-year deal and becomes Sunderland’s fourth signing of the summer, following the addition of ex-Celt Adam Matthews, Sebastian Coates and Jeremain Lens.

Advocaat had been linked with Hoops’ classy centre-half Van Dijk , but has now settled for Kaboul, 29, who has been out of favour at White Hart Lane after losing his place in Mauricio Pochettino’s side at the end of last year.

He did not feature in the Premier League following the 2-1 home defeat to Stoke on November 9, making just three more appearances in the Cup competitions.

Kaboul said: “I’m delighted to be a Sunderland player and it’s an honour to join this club. I can’t wait to start playing for the these supporters.”

Ex-Rangers boss Advocaat said: “He is a very experienced player, which is what we need. He has shown that in his time at Spurs and he will be a very good addition to our squad.”

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