Former Newcastle favourite to spark new era at Sunderland

Former Newcastle United captain Kevin Nolan could set for a shock move to fierce rivals Sunderland, according to the Telegraph.

The 33-year old is a free agent after leaving West Ham, where he worked for new Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce along with his previous spells with the Magpies and Bolton Wanderers.

The ex-Hammers captain has been training with Leyton Orient in order to maintain fitness levels since leaving Upton Park towards the end of the transfer window.

Due to his status as a free agent, the player is able to move freely outside of transfer window restrictions as ‘Big Sam’ looks to kick off a new era at the Stadium of Light.

Interestingly, the player scored a hat-trick against Sunderland in 5-1 rout for Newcastle in a fiery Tyne-Wear derby in 2010.

Should the move go ahead, he would join a small cluster of players who have crossed the divide in the North East – including the likes of Lee Clark, Michael Chopra and Titus Bramble.

Allardyce penned a two-year deal to replace Dick Advocaat at the helm, with the side unable to record a win thus far.