Martin O'Neill hopeful of adding James McFadden to Sunderland squad on one-year deal

James McFadden: Set to sign a contract with Sunderland until the end of the season

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Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill believes James McFadden would be a useful addition to the squad if a deal can be concluded.

O'Neill brought in the likes of Steven Fletcher, Adam Johnson, Louis Saha and Carlos Cuellar during the transfer window but remains concerned about the depth of his squad in certain areas.

He is worried about not having enough competition for Johnson and James McClean out wide and has identified McFadden as somebody who would increase his options.

The Scotland forward is a free agent after leaving Everton and appears set to sign a contract until the end of the season after linking up with the Black Cats for a trial spell.

"I'm going to speak to his agent, who is in America at the moment, and hope that we can come up with something, but it's encouraging," said O'Neill.

"The issue for us whether we'll keep McClean and Johnson fit all season because, apart from them, we have no real width in the squad.

"James has experience in the Premier League and did well for a period - he certainly did well against us last season.

"If he gets properly fit, he can help us and then he'll have to try and get into the team. I think it will be good for him. I would look to do it until the end of the season."