Sunderland have completed a deal for former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue .
The 32-year-old has been without a club since leaving Galatasaray and has trained with the Black Cats for the past month.
Eboue has impressed Mackems boss Sam Allardyce and done enough to land a contract for the rest of the campaign.
“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,” he told the Sunderland website.
“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, as well as the French players, so it is like a family here.”
The Ivory Coast international featured for Sunderland’s Under-21 side against Leicester last week and coach Andy Welsh gave him a glowing assessment.
“I was talking to him and he was saying that’s the first 90 minutes he’s had in more than a year,” said Welsh.
“He showed a good attitude and he looked better as the game wore on. He found his feet.
“He’s been good around the dressing room with the younger players, helping them, so I’ve got no complaints.”
Allardyce had been keen on increasing his full-back options, having seen neither Billy Jones nor DeAndre Yedlin make the right-back spot their own.