Sam Allardyce has confirmed Sunderland are in the process of signing Emmanuel Eboue on a short-term deal.
The former Arsenal right-back began training with the club last month after leaving Turkish side Galatasaray.
And Allardyce, who already has DeAndre Yedlin, Billy Jones and Adam Matthews as right-back options, has seen enough to offer the 32-year-old a contract until the end of the season.
He said: "Possibly by the end of the week it'll be clinched until the end of the season.
"He's a very experienced professional in all aspects of the game at the top level. If he can bring anything with that experience we'll use it if and when we feel necessary.