Allardyce: Eboue must prove his fitness

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that Emmanuel Eboue is training at the club but he needs to prove his fitness if he's to sign for the Premier League side.

The 32-year-old Ivory Coast international has been a free agent since leaving Galatasary last summer but has been training with the Black Cats hoping to impress the former West Ham boss.

Big Sam failed in his attempts to land Mathieu Debuchy on loan in the January transfer window but former Gunners favorite Eboue could be an adequate reinforcement in their fight against relegation.

"It's a possibility," the 61-year old told The Independent. "There's no hiding the fact that we were looking for that position, and that should spur the other lads in that position on say 'you're not going to replace me'.

"Billy [Jones] has got a lot of experience and we've got DeAndre [Yedlin], who has got very little experience at this level.

"[Yedlin] has got a lot of qualities but without that experience, it's a massive ask to perform at the consistent level that you need to at this stage of the season, under the pressure that we're all under.

"Emmanuel Eboue has got a fantastic pedigree at Arsenal and if he has got any capability to produce what he did at Arsenal, we'll assess that over the next few weeks.

"Obviously he hasn't played football for a long time, so the main question is can we get him fit?

"If we can get him fit, then he could produce the kind of performances that may benefit us. If so, he will put Billy Jones and DeAndre under pressure and, if not, he won't be taken on."

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