Just when I thought Newcastle United were undisputed world leaders in daft signings, along come Sunderland to grab the glory.

Thursday morning has seen Sunderland sack a player only 22 days after he signed.

Emmanuel Eboue was a free agent and joined Sunderland on 9 March 2016 but now he has been given the boot without having kicked a ball in anger.

It turns out that the player allegedly owes a former agent a significant amount of money and FIFA have imposed an immediate one year ban on Eboue playing football.

This rivals Seydou Doumbia’s 29 minutes of action so far, though Facundo Ferreyra’s entire year at Newcastle without a minute on the pitch will take some beating.

Official Sunderland club statement

‘Club statement regarding Emmanuel Eboue.

Sunderland AFC has been advised by the Football Association that Emmanuel Eboue has been placed under an immediate suspension from football and all football-related activity for a period of one year, by FIFA.

The suspension relates to a monetary dispute between the player and a former agent, which precedes his time at Sunderland AFC and was not something that the club was made aware of by the player.

Eboue signed a contract with Sunderland AFC until the end of the current season and the club has therefore given notice of its intention to terminate the contract. The player has two weeks in which to appeal this decision.’