Former Everton forward set for Sunderland switch

By on October 5, 2012 - 37 views

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is set to sign Scottish attacker James McFadden, according to The Independent.

McFadden has been without a club since his contract at Everton expired in the summer and has been training with the Black Cats, impressing O’Neill in the process.

The 29-year-old is now expected to sign a one-year deal with Sunderland and should provide decent back-up going forward. He has a respectable record in the Premier League, scoring 20 goals and providing 11 assists in his 168 appearances for Everton and Birmingham

After leaving Birmingham City last summer, McFadden struggled to find a club before agreeing terms to re-join Everton in October 2011. However, he was restricted to only seven first-team appearances and was released at the end of the season.

He had been training with Motherwell during the 2012-13 pre-season, even appearing in a testimonial match for the club. In September 2012, he undertook a trial with Sunderland which has led to his potential signing.

O’Neill said of the possible move: “I would look to do it [the transfer] until the end of the season. If he gets properly fit he can help us.”

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