Anthony Reveillere: Five things you need to know about ex-France international training with Sunderland

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SUNDERLAND boss Gus Poyet has confirmed he is taking a close look at ex-France international Anthony Reveillere with a view to a possible short-term deal.

Injuries to fellow right-back Billy Jones and on-loan Liverpool centre-half Sebastian Coates has left Poyet with just four first-team defenders available for the clash at Southampton on Saturday.

So the Black Cats boss is having a look at free agent Reveillere, with the 34-year-old - released by Serie A outfit Napoli at the end of last season - training at the Academy of Light.

Here’s five things Sunderland fans need to know:

1) Reveillere is a winner.

During his time in his native France, the right-back was part of the successful Olympique Lyonnais side that won several Ligue One titles - including five on the spin - and Coupe de France trophies between 2004 and 2012.

The defender also picked up silverware with Napoli, winning the Coppa Italia last season with the Italian side to boost his medal haul.

2) He has played across Europe.

The 34-year-old brings with him a wealth of experience having played in France, Spain and Italy. He has starred for Rennes, Valencia before then heading back home to spend a successful decade with Lyon before moving to Italy with Napoli under ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez.

Poyet will be keen to add his experience to the Sunderland dressing room. The defender played in 426 games during his 15 years in Ligue 1, scoring just the five goals in the process.

3) Reveillere is a French international.

He has won 20 caps, scoring one goal, and has represented his country at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.

The defender made his debut under Jacques Santini aged 23 years 11 months and one day.

4) Reveillere almost moved to England last season.

Then Championship side Queens Park Rangers were tracking the right-back, who can also play left-back, with a view to bringing him to Blighty but the move never materialised.

The Black Cats are now in pole position to be the first to bring him to England.

5) And last but not least, Reveillere is on Twitter.

Give him a follow @Reveillere_Off and add to his 50,000 followers.

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