Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has revealed that James McFadden is about to sign a short-term deal with the club.
McFadden has been training with Sunderland since last month and a contract has been agreed in principle to extend his stay until January.
The Scotland international was released by Everton at the end of last season after joining them at the end of more than a year out of the game with a serious knee injury.
O'Neill told the Sunderland Echo: "Over the last week or so, I have been in contact with his agent.
"We have in principle agreed something which would suit us all. That would be a contract for a couple of months.
"I still feel James is a bit short of what I would consider real proper fitness.
"And I'm delighted to say, he's not one of those lads who would not want to hang around if he couldn't make progress.
"It's an arrangement that we still need to verify, but it might suit us all. It provides an incentive for James to get into the side over the next couple of months."
- Gary Bennett: Bragging Rights Up For Grabs In Derby
- Fanzine Face-Off: The Final Score
- O'Neill Welcomes Derby Intensity But Stresses Importance Of Discipline
- Thomas Sorensen: How I 'Double Bluffed' Alan Shearer
More from Sunderland AFC
- Transfer Talk: Sunderland In For Striker Charlie Austin?
- Transfer Talk: Sunderland May Miss Out On Danny Rose
- Spurs 1 - 0 Sunderland: Bale Brilliance Sinks Paolo Di Canio's Side
- Paolo Di Canio: Sunderland Would Have Gone Down Without Me
- Transfer Talk: Simon Mignolet's Agent Rubbishes Talk Of A Move
- Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland Preview: SAFC To Play With 'Dignity'
- Paolo Di Canio Fires Holiday Threat At Sunderland Squad
- Sunderland Safe From Relegation: Reaction From Ex Player and Fanzines
Related tags: Sport
- Newcastle 0 - 1 Arsenal: Final Day Defeat As Steve Harper Says Goodbye
- Lance Armstrong's Life Story Trampled Underfoot In Newcastle
- Newcastle United Manager Alan Pardew Confident Over Future
- Yorkshire Bank 40: Durham Lose To Hampshire By Five Wickets
- Danny Simpson Confirms Newcastle Exit
- Newcastle Boss Alan Pardew: I'm Staying At St James' Park
- Newcastle United Owner Mike Ashley Offers £1Million Incentive To Beat Arsenal
- Newcastle United v Arsenal Preview: NUFC 'Owe A Performance'
Related tags: Football
- Newcastle United Dad-To-Be Davide Santon Spared 99mph Driving Ban
- Newcastle United Owner Mike Ashley Arrives At Training Ground In Helicopter
- Sports Direct News Apologises For Newcastle Rooney Bid Claims
Related tags: Sunderland
- SAFC Boss Di Canio On Connor Wickham Frustration: I Have To Slap His Face
- Sunderland's Alfred N'Diaye Impressed By Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
- Sunderland 1 - 1 Southampton: Di Canio Hails Important Point Against 'Better' Saints
- Transfer Talk: Sunderland In For Croatia Left Back Ivan Strinic
- Sunderland v Southampton Preview: Di Canio's Side Seek Safety Against Saints
- Transfer Talk: Maritimo Defender Valentin Roberge Set For Sunderland
- Sunderland Boss Di Canio: Sir Alex Ferguson Tried To Sign Me Twice
- Sunderland Boss Paolo Di Canio: Danny Rose Has Great Future