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Published: 14:38 | 9/3/16

Sunderland sign Eboue

Emmanuel Eboue has joined Sunderland for the remainder of the season.

The former Arsenal full-back was released by club Galatasaray last summer, has spent the last few weeks training with Sam Allardyce's squad.

After an impressive trial period, he has been offered deal to remain with the Black Cats until the end of the season.

“When I came here for the first time it felt like I’d been here already so I’m very happy to sign for the club," Eboue said.

"I was dreaming about it [returning to the Premier League] and thinking about it when I was in Turkey because I played here before, so I thank god, my new team-mates and also the staff and everybody else who took me in like a son.

"I’ve trained with the team for almost one month and, as I said, from my first day I’ve felt very good.

"I’ve also known the club for a long time and I know Jermain [Defoe], John [O'Shea] and Catts [Lee Cattermole], as well as the French players, so it is like a family here.

"I also thank the manager [Sam Allardyce] who has given me a second chance, so I hope I can give my best for the club and also for him.

"I saw the manager for maybe five minutes because he knows me already, and now we’re like a family so we will work together and try to make the team happier.

"In this team we have some experienced players like Catts, Wes [Brown] and the captain John, so now, with me and others like Jermain, we have a good team and a good squad but we have to play hard.

"It is going to be difficult as we’re at the bottom so we will fight hard to move up the table."

Eboue spent eight years with Arsenal after joining the club in 2004 before moving to Galatasaray where he won three Super Lig titles and five domestic trophies.

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