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Reveillere On Poyet's Radar

A former French international defender is reportedly holding talks with Sunderland over a proposed move to Wearside having been released by Napoli in the summer.

Reveillere in action for Napoli last season
Reveillere in action for Napoli last season
Marco Luzzani

Former Napoli right-back Anthony Reveillere has been searching for a club since July when released by Rafa Benitez and is said to be undertaking serious discussions with Sunderland over a potential switch to the Premier League.

The 34-year-old has enjoyed a well-travelled career until now, with spells in France, Spain and Italy under his belt. Reveillere was a regular starter during five years with Rennes, a short loan spell at Valencia and then a decade spent at Lyon during their most successful period.

He wasn't able to hold down a spot in the Napoli side until the final two months of a solitary season in Serie A, though, and found himself out of contract at the end of the campaign as a result.

Capped on 20 occasions for his country, the experienced defender represented France at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. He played 426 games in Ligue 1 and 72 times in the UEFA Champions League prior to his unfortunate inability to seal a deal elsewhere during the course of the summer.

One detail that'll be of particular interest to Black Cats boss Gus Poyet is the Frenchman's versatility on both flanks, with Billy Jones and Partick van Aanholt the only specialists on the right and left respectively. However, the former Lyon star will need to prove his fitness before any agreement can be reached.