Sunderland AFC news: Cats eye swoop for French goalkeeper, Allardyce on Eboue future, selection dilemma

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is planning ahead
Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is planning ahead
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Sam Allardyce admits the 'writing is on the wall' for Emmanuel Eboue's Sunderland future after revealing the club has not heard from him.

Eboue was served with his two-week notice by Sunderland almost a fortnight ago after the 32-year-old was banned by FIFA for a year due to his failure to settle a debt with his former agent Sebastien Boisseau.

The right-back was handed a get-out by both FIFA and Sunderland, if he was able to resolve the unpaid debt – understood to be in excess of a million Euros.

Allardyce told the Echo: "We haven’t heard anything so I think the writing’s on the wall."

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Meanwhile, Sunderland are reported to be weighing up a move for promising Nancy goalkeeper Alexandre Menay.

The 19-year-old has become the Ligue 2 club's second-choice goalkeeper this season behind Guy N'dy Assembe and he has been tipped to have a big future.

But reports by France Football suggest Sunderland - currently battling for their Premier League status - are now considering a swoop for the Frenchman.

Menay's semi-pro contract expires in the summer.

He would be available on a free transfer.

Sunderland currently have goalkeepers Vito Mannone, Jordan Pickford and veteran Steve Harper involved in the first team squad.

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And finally, Big Sam has a big selection dilemma ahead of Saturday's crunch match at Carrow Road.

The Black Cats boss has played three holding midfielders in the recent home games against West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City but Sunderland only picked up a point in their ongoing battle for survival.

Should Allardyce tweak his side and go on the attack against Norwich City?

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