Sunderland set to sign McFadden

James McFadden is expected to sign for Sunderland within the next week, on a short term deal, with Martin O’ Neill looking to bolster his striking options.

It was reported last month that the former Scotland International was on the verge of signing for the Black Cats. However, it wasn’t pushed through in time for the Tyne-Wear Derby.

Despite the deal not working out then, due to “communication issues”, O’Neill is still pursuing the move. The marksman is expected to put pen to paper on a deal which will keep him on Wearside till the end of the season, with an option to extend his contract further.

The Scotsman had a brief return spell at Everton before being released by David Moyes at the end of last season, and is hoping Martin O’ Neill will give him another chance to impress in the Premier League.

The fact that the player is versatile to playing as a winger or up front, is seen as a huge bonus for the Sunderland, who currently operate under a small squad it is believed that McFadden is also desperate to sign for the club.

A source close to the player told The Journal “James would still like the deal to be done. There’s no timeline on it at the moment and we’re not starting to look elsewhere or anything.

Obviously we’d like to have got the deal done a bit quicker but we’re still hopeful. We’ll just wait to see what happens now.”

McFadden did not feature in the Sunderland U21’s friendly against Hull City midweek, due to concerns over his injuries, and he is set to be eased back into action.

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