Sunderland are set to sign veteran striker Andy Cole as manager Roy Keane looks to add more firepower to his squad.
The 35-year-old is available on a free transfer after Portsmouth agreed to cancel the final two years of his contract at the end of last season and Keane expects his former Manchester United team-mate to join the Black Cats later on Friday.
Cole scored just four times for Pompey last season before being loaned out to Birmingham City.
Meanwhile, the Black Cats are also running the rule over free agent defenders Ian Harte and Samuel Kuffour.
Former Leeds United left-back Harte - who also played alongside Keane for the Republic of Ireland - is hoping to win a contract following his release by Spanish club Levante earlier in the summer.
Ghana international Kuffour is also available having left Italian side AS Roma at the end of last season.
"Hartey has been here since Tuesday. He has just had a free from his team in Spain and he's here for three or four days," Keane told the club's official website.
"The quality he has got is there for everyone to see and he has settled in here.
"We are having a look at them both and it's good for them to look at what we are doing here, but there's no chance of them signing before the weekend."
Elsewhere, the Black Cats have been dealt a blow with the news that Dean Whitehead will be sidelined for around six weeks with knee ligament damage.
"He is a massive loss to us, we missed him last weekend," admitted Keane.
"When Deano misses a game, deep down you know that it's not a straight-forward injury because he's a tough lad."