Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has admitted that he is hopeful new signing Younes Kaboul can provide his side with some additional experience next season.
The 29-year-old joins the Black Cats from Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee, reported to be around £3m.
Kaboul has spent eight years in English football at Spurs and Portsmouth, while also tasting success during his time in France with Auxerre.
"He is a very experienced player, which is what we need," he told the club's official website. "He has shown that in his time at Spurs and he will be a very good addition to our squad."