Sunderland have handed a trial to former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder Boudewijn Zenden.
Zenden is looking for a new club after leaving Marseille in the summer following the expiration of his contract at the French club.
The 33-year-old told skysports.com in August he was hoping to win a move back to the Premier League with the likes of Portsmouth, Hull, Stoke and Blackburn all credited with an interest in the versatile midfielder.
Zenden has been offered the chance to win a move to Sunderland after being invited by Steve Bruce to train with the Black Cats first-team squad during the international break.
Bruce could be keen on bolstering his midfield options with Zenden able to play out wide or in the centre of midfield and if he impresses he could win a short-term deal on Wearside.
Zenden's agent and father, Pierre, confirmed Sunderland are interested in the former Dutch international and that the player has been working hard on maintaining his fitness while he has been without a club.
"Sunderland would like short term to strengthen the midfield and Boudewijn is a serious candidate," Zenden senior told Voetbal International.
"In the past months he has been very strict with himself and has worked six days per week to keep in shape."
"Sunderland know who he is and what he can do so he has no need to prove himself.
"They want to see him doing it and it just despends on medical tests."
Bruce has confirmed Zenden will train with the club as he looks to try and win a move to the Stadium of Light.
"Bolo has joined us for a while and will train at the academy for a few weeks as he looks for a new club," Bruce told the club's official website.
"He clearly has a first-class pedigree as a player so it's great to have him here."