Martin O’Neill will decide on the future of free agent James McFadden this week.
The Scotland international has been training with the Black Cats having been searching a club since his release from Everton in the summer.
O’Neill told the Sunderland Echo: “He’s trained for a week with us and done fine. We’ll see what happens. We’ll probably make a decision at the end of the week.”
Before the 29-year-old’s fate can be confirmed, Sunderland face a Tuesday trip to Milton Keynes in the Capital One Cup third round.
McFadden would likely act as cover to current strikers Steven Fletcher and Louis Saha, while also adept on the left; the Birmingham man could be used to put pressure on inconsistent winger James McClean.
Capped 48 times for his country and netting 15 times – including a memorable striker against France – McFadden has spent nine years plying his trade in England, at Birmingham City and in two spells at Everton.
It is thought Motherwell and Aberdeen are also keen on the free agent.