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Sunderland to terminate Eboue deal

Emmanuel Eboue looks set to leave. Credit: PA

Sunderland have confirmed they will terminated the contract of defender Emmanuel Eboue following advice from the Football Association.

The Premier League club have given notice to Eboue their intention to end the deal and given the Ivorian two weeks to appeal.

Sunderland AFC has been advised by the Football Association that Emmanuel Eboue has been placed under an immediate suspension from football and all football-related activity for a period of one year, by Fifa.

The suspension relates to a monetary dispute between the player and a former agent, which precedes his time at Sunderland AFC and was not something that the club was made aware of by the player.

Eboue signed a contract with Sunderland AFC until the end of the current season and the club has therefore given notice of its intention to terminate the contract. The player has two weeks in which to appeal this decision.

– Sunderland statement

Sunderland midfielder confident of survival

Jan Kirchhoff has found form for Sunderland. Credit: PA

Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff has urged his team-mates to keep the faith after suffering yet another late blow in their efforts to crawl out of relegation trouble.

The Black Cats came within seven minutes of a seventh successive derby victory over Newcastle at St James' Park on Sunday, a result which would have lifted them out of the Premier League drop zone, albeit only on goal difference.

However, Aleksandar Mitrovic's late equaliser, which cancelled out Jermain Defoe's 44th-minute opener, denied them two extra points for the second time in as many games and left them in great peril once again.

We are still above Newcastle, we are still in a position to stay in the league. We are two points behind Norwich, who have one game fewer, so it's all in our own hands.

We can stay in this mentality, to be sharp, to be focused and believe in winning our games. That's how we can go on.

I am really comfortable and I have the feeling we can stay in the league and are good enough to stay in the league.

– Jan Kirchhoff

Eboue pens contract with Sunderland

Former Arsenal full-back Emmanuel Eboue has joined Sunderland for the remainder of the season after impressing during a trial, the Black Cats have confirmed.

The 32-year-old former Ivory Coast international, who was released by Turkish club Galatasaray last summer, has been training with Sam Allardyce's squad for several weeks.

Allardyce revealed last week that Eboue would be offered a deal. Credit: PA

Allardyce revealed last week that Eboue would be offered a deal and will now hope he can regain the form and match-fitness he showed during his six and a half seasons in the Barclays Premier League with the Gunners.

The Black Cats boss said at the time: "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."

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Bristol City to sign Sunderland defender on loan

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson has confirmed he is close to bringing in Sunderland's Adam Matthews on loan.

The Welshman, 24, has only played twice for the Black Cats since moving from Celtic in the summer and Johnson is confident he can reignite his career in the Sky Bet Championship.

Adam Matthews has struggled at Sunderland. Credit: PA

In quotes published on the Robins' official Twitter account, Johnson said: "Adam Matthews has lost his way a bit since going to Sunderland, but not long ago he was marking (Lionel) Messi for Celtic.

"People will wonder why we're bringing in another right-back. It gives us manoeuvrability with Luke Ayling."

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.

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.

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