According to the Sunderland Echo, Sunderland will make a decision about the future of trialist right back Emmanuel Eboue by the end of the week.
The Black Cats head into tonight's crucial game against Crystal Palace having lost 1-0 away at West Ham United on Saturday, and manager Sam Allardyce desperately needs points to keep the club in the Premier League.
'Big Sam' was active in the transfer market in January, bringing goalkeeper Steve Harper, defenders Lamine Kone and Jan Kirchhoff, playmaker Wahbi Khazri and striker Dame N'Doye, but it seems that he isn't quite finished bringing in players just yet, as he looks for more quality in the battle against the drop.
Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue, who has been a free agent since his Galatasaray contract expired at the end of last season, joined Sunderland on trial last month in the hope of winning a permanent deal.
Sunderland's right back situation has been in flux throughout the season, as summer signing Adam Matthews has barely played since signing from Celtic, Tottenham loanee DeAndre Yedlin hasn't impressed consistently, and Billy Jones has struggled at time this term.
Eboue, bringing Premier League and Champions League experience, could be a key signing for Sunderland on a free transfer, and he continued his attempts to win a contract by featuring for Sunderland's Under-21 side against Leicester City on Monday.
The Sunderland Echo report that manager Allardyce make a personal trip to watch Eboue play the full 90 minutes against Leicester, and will now make a decision on the Ivorian's future on Wearside by the end of the week, with a deal seemingly possible.
At 32, Eboue may only earn a deal until the end of the season, but Allardyce could value his veteran presence heavily as he bids to keep Sunderland in the top flight this season.
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