Reports: Sunderland offer Emmanuel Eboue contract

According to reports, Sunderland have offered a contract to former Arsenal and Galatasaray fullback Emmanuel Eboue - who has been without a club since last summer.

Reports: Sunderland offer Emmanuel Eboue contract
Picture source: Sunderland Echo

Sunderland have reportedly offered a contract to ex-Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue. 

Up to pace

Eboue has been a free agent since the summer after he was released by Turkish giants Galatasaray and has impressed manager Sam Allardyce since he started training with the Black Cats three weeks ago. The 32-year-old got some much-needed minutes on Monday night when he was given permission to play for the Under-21's in their match with Leicester City as Allardyce was watching on.

He looked rusty in the opening 45 minutes but showed the class that earned him over 200 appearances for Arséne Wenger's side. The Ivory Coast international could do nothing to prevent the Foxes taking all three points courtesy of Jacob Blyth. The defeat has put a serious dent in their title charge with Manchester United returning to the top of the Under-21 Premier League following their 2-1 win over Middlesbrough

Much-needed position 

The signing of Eboue could proved to be a fruitful one for Allardyce as he looks to guide the Black Cats away from relegation once again starting with a crucial six-pointer against the out-of-form Crystal Palace on Tuesday night. It was no secret that Allardyce was actively looking to bring in a right-back into the side during the January transfer window as they made a move for Arsenal's Mathieu Debuchy but the deal fell through with Debuchy moving to Bordeaux.

Allardyce may well turn to Eboue despite having three senior full-backs at his disposal - Billy Jones having failed to impress since Allardyce's arrival which has seen him lose his place in the side. DeAndre Yedlin doesn't seem to be showing any sign of improvement since his loan move from Tottenham Hotspur and Adam Matthews has only made one appearances since his move from Celtic

Sunderland will host Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace side at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday, March 1 with kick-off at 7:45PM BST.