Sunderland make offer for Arsenal cult hero to ease relegation fears

Sunderland have offered Emmanuel Eboue a contract following his successful trial with the club, according to reports from CalcioMercatoWeb.

The Ivorian defender has been without a club since being released by Galatasaray over the summer.

Eboue has been unable to find himself a new permanent employer in that time, but he recently travelled to Sunderland for a trial, and successfully came through a full 90-minute game with the Black Cats’ U-21 side, impressing manager Sam Allardyce in the process.

And now reports claim that the 32-year-old has been offered a deal to join them as they continue their battle against relegation.

The North East side are currently 19th in the Premier League, but sit just one point from safety.

Eboue is a vastly experienced player who developed a reputation as a cult hero in his time with Arsenal for his enthusiastic playing style and larger than life personality.

He joined the Gunners in 2005 before eventually moving on to join Galatasaray in 2011, with whom he won three Turkish titles.