Sky Sports News understands Aston Villa have made a late move to sign Tottenham defender Younes Kaboul from under the noses of Sunderland.
Kaboul appeared to be on his way to Sunderland after he reportedly agreed personal terms with the Black Cats on Thursday.
The former Auxerre man held talks with Black Cats boss Roy Keane last weekend and was believed to have been impressed by the Irishman.
The Frenchman was expected to have a medical on Wearside on Friday, but the player's agent told Sky Sports News that Kaboul wanted a further 24 hours to think over the move with his family.
Now Villa have come into the equation to throw fresh doubt over Kaboul's proposed move to the Stadium of Light.
Portsmouth were also interested in signing the French Under 21 international, but Harry Redknapp claimed Villa were leading the race for Kaboul.
Villa are now hoping their late move for Kaboul will win the day as Martin O'Neill is in the market for defensive reinforcements after losing Olof Mellberg to Juventus.