Sunderland manager Roy Keane has confirmed that he is interested in signing the veteran former Newcastle United and Manchester United striker Andy Cole.
The 35-year-old is without a club after being released by Portsmouth earlier this summer and Keane is looking to add him to his striking options before the end of the month.
The Black Cats are keen to bolster their strikeforce after missing out on Mido, who appears to be on the verge of signing for Middlesbrough.
Keane said: "Coley has obviously left Portsmouth and that's something I'm looking at, I have to say, at the moment.
"There will probably be news on one or two players who will be coming in.
"Generally speaking, if we could add two players in the next week or two I'd be delighted. I'm very pleased with the players we've got in but I do believe we need two more players to help the squad."
Cole has scored 223 goals in 479 League games in an 18-year professional career.
Since leaving Blackburn three years ago, Cole has enjoyed brief spells with Fulham, Manchester City and Pompey, before ending last term on loan with Birmingham City.