Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has been quoted by Four Four Two as saying that Emmanuel Eboue has a real chance of winning a permanent deal with the club.
The Black Cats snapped up two defenders during the January transfer window, bringing defenders Jan Kirchhoff and Lamine Kone in from Bayern Munich and Lorient respectively.
However, right back remains a concern for Allardyce. Billy Jones struggled in last weekend's 2-2 draw with Liverpool, whilst summer signings Adam Matthews and DeAndre Yedlin have struggled to make an impact on Wearside.
Intriguingly, Allardyce is now looking into the free agent market for reinforcements, with Emmanuel Eboue arriving on trial with the club this week.
The 32-year-old, a free agent since leaving Galatasaray at the end of last season, is looking to make a return to the Premier League, having made his name with Arsenal, racking up over 200 appearances for the Gunners.
Now, Eboue is looking to win a contract with Sunderland - and manager Allardyce has been quoted by Four Four Two as saying that the Ivorian could prove to be massively important for Sunderland, if he can recapture his Arsenal appearances.
"He will still be here for a few more days to see whether he can catch up with the level of fitness there needs to be," said Allardyce. "He knows he has not played for a long time and really at the moment it is more a fitness regime to get him fit enough to play than a trial. If he is fit enough to play, we will probably play him a couple of behind-closed-doors games and make a decision from there."
"If he has got any sort of quality left that he had and showed at Arsenal then he may be able to secure a short-term contract with us later down the line. If Emmanuel Eboue has still got what he had at Arsenal then he could be very important to us later on in this season," he added.
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