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Sunderland set to sign former Arsenal defender for free

Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue could have a part to play in Sunderland's relegation fight as he closes in on a short-term contract.

Eboue is set to join Sunderland. Credit: PA

Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed that he hopes to clinch a deal soon which will keep the 32-year-old full-back at the Stadium of Light for the remainder of the season after a successful trial on Wearside.

Allardyce said of the Ivory Coast international: "We will try to sign him by the end of the week if we can negotiate a contract until the end of the season.

"It would be wrong of me to turn down a player with such great experience of the Premier League, Champions League, international football, not to think that he could play a part for us in our fight against relegation this season.

"He's a terrific guy, a very, very good talker as well as a good player. Hopefully when the test comes, he is fit enough to cope.

"I think that's probably the only reason you would be concerned, has he still got the capabilities physically to cope with the Premier League? Because he has certainly got the experience and the talent, there's no question about that, so we will look forward to him signing on to the end of the season, hopefully."

Eboue, who made 216 senior appearances for the Gunners, is a free agent after being released by Turkish club Galatasaray.

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Ex-Arsenal defender plays in Sunderland trial match

Former Arsenal right-back Emmanuel Eboue featured for Sunderland Under-21s in their 1-0 defeat to Leicester City on Monday night.

The Ivorian has been on trial at the Stadium of Light in recent weeks as he attempts to build up his fitness and earn a new deal.

Emmanuel Eboue was last with Galatasaray. Credit: PA

Eboue left Galatasaray last summer and hasn't had a club since and is now hoping he can get a contract with Sam Allardyce's side.

Allardyce witnessed Eboue's performance, as the defender completed 90 minutes in the defeat.

Jacob Blyth scored the winner for Leicester from the spot with 15 minutes to go.

Sunderland cannot rely on others - Allardyce

Sam Allardyce is in danger of being relegated. Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce has warned Sunderland they will go down if they rely on other teams to get them out of Barclays Premier League relegation trouble.

The Black Cats host Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening still smarting from Saturday's 1-0 defeat at West Ham, during which they created more than enough chances to get something from the game, but ultimately left Upton Park empty-handed.

As luck would have it, they ended the weekend no worse off with fellow strugglers Aston Villa, Norwich and Swansea all losing and Newcastle not in action, although that provided little comfort to their 61-year-old manager.

It doesn't matter. Twenty-three points, 27 games - if the season finishes now, we are relegated, so you have got to get to 38 points or better, it's as simple as that.

It doesn't matter what anybody else does, you have got to go and do it yourself. You can't rely on others, you have got to do it yourself.

If you rely on others, you'll get relegated.

– Sam Allardyce

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Former Sunderland boss takes up role at Feyenoord

Former Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has joined Feyenoord in an advisory capacity as the club look to reverse their slide down the Eredivisie standings.

The vastly-experienced 68-year-old has agreed to assist head coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst until the end of the season, the Rotterdam-based club have announced.

Advocaat was the Sunderland boss. Credit: PA

Feyenoord have slipped to sixth in the standings after suffering seven successive defeats, with their last victory coming back at the start of December against Heracles.

Advocaat, who will not sit on the Feyenoord bench for matches and has told the club he does not want to be paid, said on www.feyenoord.com: "When (technical director) Martin van Geel approached me on Monday morning asking if I wanted to take on this role I immediately had a positive feeling about it. That feeling has only grown after a number of meetings.

"I'm doing this first and foremost because I have a bond with Giovanni."

Van Bronckhorst played under fellow Dutchman Advocaat at Rangers as well as for the Holland national team.

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