Sunderland yet to enter contract talks with McFadden

James McFadden
James McFadden

JAMES McFADDEN is yet to hold any talks over a potential deal with Sunderland as the Black Cats examine options available on the Bosman market.

McFadden has spent the week training at the Academy of Light after his release by Everton at the end of last season and would be eager to join Sunderland if he was offered a contract.

But Martin O’Neill is keen to see any available free agents in the flesh before deciding whether to add them to the squad.

McFadden, 29, is the second Bosman to train with Sunderland this month after Nigerian defender Rabiu Afolabi – released by Monaco in the summer – spent last week with the Black Cats.

And O’Neill believes the Scotland international is similarly worth assessing after shrugging off the knee problems which blighted his time at Birmingham City.

“He’s (McFadden) been here for a few days,” confirmed O’Neill.

“He has no club, is out-of-contract and he’s been training for some time with Motherwell just to get himself fit.

“We’ll see. There’s been no promises made on either side. After a day or two working with me, he may not fancy it!

“He’s a very decent footballer, but he was allowed to leave Everton. They must have felt they had enough in those positions.

“We’ve perhaps got a smaller squad so he’s definitely worth looking at.”

Although the transfer window shut at the end of August, Sunderland are still able to add any free agents to their squad.

The Wearsiders registered a squad of just 21 – four short of the maximum 25 – for the first half of the Premier League campaign and are able to fill the vacant slots with out-of-contract players.