France international Reveillere training with Sunderland

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FORMER France international defender Anthony Reveillere has been given the chance to win a contract at Sunderland.

Free agent Reveillere held talks with Sunderland this week over the possibility of joining the Black Cats on a short-term deal after the 34-year-old was released by Serie A outfit Napoli at the end of last season.

Reveillere has now joined Sunderland on trial, with the right-back training with Gus Poyet’s squad at the Academy of Light.

Head coach Poyet told the Echo last month that he was not proactively looking at the Bosman market and expected to wait until the January transfer window to add to the Sunderland squad.

“There were a few calls about a few players. But to be honest, I’m not really looking. I’d prefer to go until January,” said Poyet.

But Sunderland are short on options at the back, with only six defenders in the first-team squad.

One of those, on-loan Liverpool centre-half Sebastian Coates, faces around a month on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

And right-back Billy Jones has also handed Sunderland an injury scare after he limped off in a practice match against Middlesbrough last week.

Reveillere, capped 20 times by France, played almost 300 times for Lyon in Ligue 1 before joining Napoli in the summer of 2013.