Just when former Arsenal and Galatasaray defender Emmanuel Eboue, 34, thought things couldn’t get any worse, an abormality in his blood is threatening to derail a move to Cypriot club Türk Ocağı Limasol, Goal claims.
The former Ivory Coast international has just served a one-year ban imposed by FIFA as a result of a dispute with a former agent. Failure to pay commission due meant the then-33-year-old had his contract with Sunderland terminated without having played for the Black Cats.
During his suspension, Ferencvaros allowed him to train with them so that he could maintain his fitness to make finding a new club easier.
However, Eboue was set to complete a move to the Northern Cypriot club when blood tests as part of his medical showed a problem. It’s believed the issue is serious with rumours in the Turkish media claiming that the tests highlighted the defender has contracted HIV. Further tests will be undertaken to diagnose the problem.
Tekin Birinci, the intermediary who was responsible for the deal, denied those rumours and refused to feed the speculation.
The hope is that these rumours prove unfounded and that Eboue can continue his career and bring his own unique brand of entertainment to the Mediterranean island.