Sunderland offer former Everton man trial

Free agent James McFaddenSunderland are set to take Scotland international James McFadden on trial.

The striker has been a free agent since his release from Everton in the summer, with Black Cats manager Martin O’Neill said to have been a long-term admirer of the Scot.

The Daily Record reports that McFadden has been training with former club Motherwell and is wanted by Aberdeen, but would prefer to remain in England where he has spent a majority of his career.

At 29 the Glaswegian is still hopeful of rebuilding his career after struggling for game time at Goodison last year, and an injury wrecked 18-month spell which ended his stay at Birmingham.

Sunderland are well-stocked for strikers after bringing in Steven Flecther and Louis Saha in the summer. However McFadden’s arrival could leave O’Neill confident he has enough options to allow young strikers Ji Dong Won and Connor Wickham to secure loan deals to gain experience.

The versatility of the ex-Motherwell man may also appeal to the Ulsterman as McFadden can operate on left wing as well as upfront.