Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has confirmed James McFadden has linked up with the club on trial.
As revealed by skysports.com on Thursday, Sunderland are weighing up a move for free agent McFadden as they look at bolstering their squad.
O'Neill is an admirer of the former Everton man and admits he could win a deal at the Stadium of Light to add to his attacking options.
"He's been here for a few days, he has no club, he's out of contract and he's been training with Motherwell for some time to get fit," O'Neill told The Journal.
"We will see what happens, there have been no promises made on either side - after a day or two of working with me he may not fancy it here!
"He is a very decent footballer; he was allowed to leave Everton because they felt they had enough in those forward positions to think he wouldn't figure.
"We have a smaller squad, so he is definitely worth looking at."