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Sunderland set to sign former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue

Emmanuel Eboue is set to join Sunderland on a deal until the end of the season.

Emmanuel Eboue
Emmanuel Eboue

The former Arsenal defender, 32, is currently a free agent after leaving Galatasaray and has spent the last three weeks training with the Black Cats.

The Ivory Coast international played 90 minutes for Sunderland’s Under-21 side against Leicester on Monday and Mackems boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed that he is set to hand him a short-term deal, after Under-21s coach Andy Welsh gave him a glowing assessment.

“I was talking to him and he was saying that’s the first 90 minutes he’s had in more than a year,” said Welsh.

“He showed a good attitude and he looked better as the game wore on. He found his feet.

“He’s been good around the dressing room with the younger players, helping them, so I’ve got no complaints.”

Allardyce had been keen on increasing his full-back options, having seen neither Billy Jones nor DeAndre Yedlin make the right-back spot their own. Daily Mirror