Sunderland have completed the signing of free agent James McFadden on a short-term contract, following his recent spell on trial at the club.
McFadden, 29, who has been training with the Black Cats for a number of weeks since his six-month spell at Everton ended last summer, will sign a three-month deal.
But Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has not ruled out extending the contract should the former Birmingham player impress at the Stadium of Light.
"That's the idea of taking him, and that's his idea of signing for us, that he feels he is capable of doing it," O'Neill said.
"Now, whether it's the James McFadden of old, which would be good news for us, that's something we will have to wait and see."
McFadden has been capped 48 times by Scotland in a career that has seen him represent Motherwell, Everton and Birmingham.