Younes Kaboul looks destined to sign for Portsmouth after turning down the opportunity to join Sunderland.
The Tottenham defender was given a 24-hour deadline by the Black Cats in which to make a decision regarding a move to the Stadium of Light.
Having mulled over their offer the Frenchman has decided against a switch to the North East.
Despite former Spurs team-mates Teemu Tainio and Pascal Chimbonda having already joined Roy Keane's side this summer, Kaboul's agent confirmed that his client would prefer a transfer to the current FA Cup holders.
"He wants to go to Portsmouth," said Rudy Raba.
"Sunderland wanted to know within 24 hours but, while he is thankful to Roy Keane for his interest, the boy has decided he does not want to go there."
Pompey are yet to strike a deal with Spurs for the centre-half, but Harry Redknapp is a long-time admirer of the 22-year-old and is expected to launch a £5million raid for his services.